Popular Music And Its British Identity

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Popular music and its British identity in interwar period (1918-1939)
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The essay examines evolution of popular music, experiences and how the public understood it between 1918 and 1939. During this period, a national culture dance was developed in England. Evolution process was marked with transformation of popular dance forms, affordable and easily dances places and a national wide dancing practice. Evolvement of a dance culture was instrumental in creation of a national identity. People understood what it meant to be British. There was an English style of ballroom dancing, thematic content such as the popular Lambeth walk. To reduce American influence on English music, British ballroom dancers tried to create British music free of American influence. Through adaptation of different dancing styles, they presented what they believed to be the real British identity. Introduction: In the words of Victor Sylvester, ballroom dancing was an activity which could not be cut off or separated from the world; it was an activity which was influenced by surrounding occurrences. Change in occasions such as fashion, war music and social upheavals all played an important role in influencing the dancing scene. He observed that external forces influenced performance as well as evolution of dancing (Sylvester, 1927). Rather than concentrating how dancing was influenced by occurrences such as war or change of fashion, this essay…

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