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Songs from the Wood and Sounds of the Suburbs: A Folk, Rock and Punk Portrait of England, 1965–1977

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This article explores some of the ways in which England has been portrayed in the genre of folk, rock and punk music between 1965 and 1977. The article argues that changes in both the music and lyrics reflect the shift in England from what Eric Hobsbawm calls a post war ‘Golden Age’ to ‘Crisis Decades’. These musical transitions are evident in increasingly strident instrumentation and lyrical content that becomes progressively more cynical. The article argues that in this way, English folk, rock and punk music has played a role in both reflecting and recreating the spirit of the age.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-09-01

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