My Publications

‘National Myth and the First World War in Modern Popular Music’ , Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017

Explores how popular music depicts one of the most studied historical events. Combines memory studies, cultural history and music in a major interdisciplinary study. Utilises a range of approaches such as case studies and textual analysis.

This book looks at the role of popular music in constructing the myth of the First World War. Since the late 1950s over 1,500 popular songs from more than forty countries have been recorded that draw inspiration from the War. National Myth and the First World War in Modern Popular Music takes an inter-disciplinary approach that locates popular music within the framework of ‘memory studies’ and analyses how songwriters are influenced by their country’s ‘national myths’. How does popular music help form memory and remembrance of such an event? Why do some songwriters stick rigidly to culturally dominant forms of memory whereas others seek an oppositional or transnational perspective? The huge range of musical examples include the great chansonniers Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens; folk maestros including Al Stewart and Eric Bogle; the socially aware rock of The Kinks and Pink Floyd; metal legends Iron Maiden and Bolt Thrower and female iconoclasts Diamanda Galás and PJ Harvey.


Music and Remembrancechapter in Bart Zino (ed.), Remembering the Great War, London and New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, ISBN 0415856329 Co-authored with Emma Hanna

From Brel to Black Metal: The First World War in Popular Music and Music Videos‘ chapter in Debra Rae Cohen and Douglas Higbee (eds) (by invitation), Options for Teaching Representations of World War One , New York: Modern Language Association

Popular Music Since 1960‘ chapter in Ann-Marie Einhaus and Isobel Baxter (eds), The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War and the Arts, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

My previous book on the First World War is:

Philanthropy and Voluntary Action in the First World War: Mobilizing Charity‘, New York and Abingdon: Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-70494-6 

And further chapters on the War are:

Learning to Manage the Army – The Army Administration Course at the London School of Economics 1907-1914‘ in LoCicero, Michael; Mahoney, Ross and Mitchell, Stuart (eds), A Military Transformed? Adaptation and Innovation in the British Military, 1792-1945, Birmingham: Helion, ISBN 978-1909384460

Voluntarism and the impact of the First World War‘ in Matthew Hilton and James McKay (eds), Ages of Voluntarism: How we got to the Big Society, London: OUP/British Academy, ISBN 0197264824 

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