«There are a great number of boys employed in the various workshops on the island, and the diversions of these young gentlemen have a decided tendency to the boisterous, and lean slightly to the predatory. They are great in the performance of intricate shuffles and break-down dances, and are noted for the early acquirement and […]
A close contemporary–and friend–of Charles Dickens, caricaturist and illustrator George Cruikshank (1792–1878) is also generally credited, in collaboration with his brother Robert Cruikshank (1789–1856), with the compilation of the three-volume songbook The Universal Songster; or, Museum of Mirth. The title page in fact does not name an editor or compiler, listing the Cruikshank brothers only […]
Thanks to a post in the wonderful Jane Austen’s London blog (see reference at the bottom of this page), yes, we now have a copy of Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, Or Bon-ton, and the Varieties of Life (1823) by ‘Jon Bee’, pseudonym of sport writer and journalist […]
1951 is a little outside our usual time frame, but as we at Radio Days are now reading and researching around the London pleasure gardens and their saloon theatres out of which, in the early middle years of the 19th century, emerged what we now recognise as ‘music hall’, I could not resist posting this […]
Back down in my home town of Portsmouth earlier this week, I was remembering the folk clubs where I used to hang out in the late 60s and very early 70s. The thought came to me (and it’s so obvious a thought that I’m surprised it had not occurred to me before) that the folk clubs […]
María today passed on to me the URL to Music Memory (http://www.musicmemory.org), a US-based project to preserve historical and traditional American and international musical sound recordings for posterity: Music Memory’s mission is to preserve audio recordings for present and future generations. We are continuing the work started by the collectors and researchers in the 1950s and […]
Off to sunny Spain for a well-deserved 10 day break from work. I’ve meanwhile rebuilt the Radio Days front end (http://radiodays.eu); and will be moving ‘Music Will Win The War’ there when I get back.