American Popular Music in Britain's Raj [Hardback]

Bradley G. Shope(Author)

ISBN: 9781580465489 | Published by: University of Rochester Press | Series: Eastman Studies in Music | Volume: Volume 131 | Year of Publication: 2016 | Language: English 252p, H9 x W6, 6 black and white
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American Popular Music in Britain's Raj


American Popular Music in Britain's Raj is the first systematic study of the character and scope of American popular music in India during British rule. Drawing on ethnographic and archival research, it examines blackface minstrel shows, ragtime, jazz, and representations of Hollywood film music in Bombay cabarets and Hindi film songs, identifying key musical moments in the development of these styles between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries. The book describes the entertainment idioms and frameworks that supported the growth of these imported styles; further, it surveys a variety of historical contexts under colonialism that influenced their meaning and commercial value. Focusing on Calcutta (modern Kolkata), Lucknow, and Bombay (modern Mumbai), Bradley Shope traces the movement of this music between the United States, England, and India, and addresses a variety of groups and communities, including the US military in Calcutta during World War II, Anglo-Indians in Lucknow in the 1930s and 1940s, and British residents across North India in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Bradley G. Shope is assistant professor of music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Table of Contents

List of Figures



Entertainment Globalization, 1850s to 1910s

Technologies, Exoticism, and Entrepreneurs, 1920s and 1930s

Calcutta in the War

The Case of Lucknow

Cabaret Sequences in Hindi Films




Filmography and Discography


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