Cheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century: A Cultural History of the Songster

Paul Watt (Editor), Derek B Scott (Editor), Patrick Spedding (Editor)

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This book is a cultural history of the nineteenth-century songster: pocket-sized anthologies of song texts, usually without musical notation. It examines the musical, social, commercial and aesthetic functions songsters served and the processes by which they were produced and disseminated, the repertory they included, and the singers, printers and entrepreneurs that both inspired their manufacture and facilitated their consumption. Taking an international perspective, chapters focus on songsters from Ireland, North America, Australia and Britain and the varied public and private contexts in which they were used and exploited in oral and print cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781316672037
ISBN (Print)9781107159914
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2017

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