Indicative resources & references

Books & journals

Attridge, S. (2003). Nationalism, Imperialism and Identity in Late Victorian Culture: Civil and Military Worlds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.  (Chapter 1: ‘ The Music Hall’)

Arthur, Max. (2001). When This Bloody War Is Over: Soldiers’ Songs from the First World War. London: Piatkus.

Bailey, Peter. (ed.) (1986). Music Hall: The Business of Pleasure. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Baker, Richard A. (2005). British Music Hall: An Illustrated History. Stroud: The History Press Ltd.

Bratton, J.S. (ed.) (1986). Music Hall: Performance and Style. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Brophy, J., & Partridge, E. (1969). The Long Trail: Soldiers’ songs and slang, 1914-18. London: Sphere Books.

Calthrop, D.C. (1925). Music Hall Nights. London: John Lane the Bodley Head.

Cleveland, L. (1985). ‘Soldiers’ Songs: The Folklore of the Powerless’, New York Folklore, Vol. 11. Nos. 1-4, 1985. Pp.79-98.

Ellis, J., Walton, J. & Poole, R. (1987). Review of Peter Bailey ‘Music Hall: The Business of Pleasure’, Urban History, 14, pp 187-188.

Faulk, B.J. (2014). Music Hall and Modernity: Late Victorian Discovery of Popular Culture.  Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.

Giraud, S. L. (ed.) (1930). Songs That Won The War. London: Lane Publications.

Kift, D. (1996). The Victorian Music Hall: Culture, Class and Conflict.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Leech-Wilkinson, D. (2009). The Changing Sound of Music: Approaches to Studying Recorded Musical Performance. London: Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music.

Macqueen-Pope, W.J.  (1950).  The Memory Lingers On: The Story of Music Hall.  London: W H Allen.

Mitchell, O. (1922). The Talking Machine Industry. London: Pitman & Sons.

Mullen, J. (2011). ‘Propaganda and Dissent in British Popular Song during the Great War’, Textes et Contextes N°6, Université de Bourgogne.

Mullen, J. (2012). La chanson populaire en Grande-Bretagne pendant la Grande Guerre 1914-1918.  Paris: L’Harmattan.

Nott, J.J. (2002). Music for the People: Popular Music and Dance in Interwar Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Pulling, C.  (1952). They Were Singing (And what they sang about).  London: Harrap.

Russell, D.  (1992).  ‘”We carved our way to glory”: The British soldier in Music Hall song and sketch c.1870-1914’, in J.M MacKenzie, Popular Imperialism and the Military, 1850-1950.  Manchester: Manchester University Press. 1992.

Scott, H. (1946). The Early Doors. London: Nicholson & Watson

Senelick, L.  (1975).  ‘Politics as entertainment’, Victorian Studies, Vol. 19 Issue 2.

Senelick, L, Cheshire, D F., & Schneider, U. (1981). British Music Hall, 1840-1923: A Bibliography and Guide to Sources, with a Supplement on European Music-Hall. Hamden, Connecticut: The Shoe String Press.

Summerfield, Penny (1986) ‘Patriotism and Empire: Music Hall entertainment 1970-1914’, in John M. MacKenzie (ed), Imperialism and Popular Culture.  Manchester: Manchester University Press. 1986.

Ward-Jackson, C.H. (1945). Airman’s Song Book. London: Sylvan Press.

Watkins, Glenn. (2003). Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War. University of California Press.

Williams, G. (2003). British Theatre in the Great War. London: Continuum.

Further reading: the historical context

Beckett, I. (2006). Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War. Kew: The National Archives.

De Groot, G. J. (1996). Blighty: British Society in the Era of the Great War. London: Longman.

Gregory, A. (2008) The Last Great War: British Society and the First World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hochschild, A. (2011). To End All Wars: A Story of Protest and Patriotism in the First World War. London: Pan.

Hynes, S. (1992). A War Imagined: The First World War and English Culture. London: Pimlico.

Meyer, J. (ed.), (2008). British Popular Culture and the First World War. London: Brill.

Robb, G. (2002). British Culture and the First World War. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Scott, D.B. (2008). Sounds of the Metropolis: The 19th Century Popular Music Revolution in London, New York, Paris and Vienna. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Turner, E.S. (2012). Dear Old Blighty. London: Faber & Faber.

Winter, J. (2006). Remembering War: The Great War and Historical Memory in the 20th Century. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.


The Database of Popular Music. Available at:

Music of World War I. Available at:

Songs tagged ‘Music Hall’ at ADHDClubNet. Available at:

The Arthur Lloyd Music Hall and Theatre History Site. Available at:

Making transfers from 78rpm sources – a practical guide, Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music, King’s College London. Available at:

The Victorian and Edwardian Music Hall. Available at:

Music as propaganda


J. Phillips and Helen Clark in 1916 or early 1917, Don’t Take My Darling Boy Away (music by Albert von Tilzer, lyrics by Will Dillon, written in 1915). Available at:


Intellectual Property Office, Sound recordings. Available at:

Intellectual Property Office, Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, Chapter 48, Part 1, Chapter 1, sections 12 and 13A. Available at:

The UK Copyright Service, Fact sheet P-07: Music Copyright. Available at:

Web2Rights. Available at:

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