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Players' work time: A history of the British Musicians' Union, 1893â2013

Martin Cloonan and John Williamson


This book is a history of the British Musicians’ Union (MU) from its origins in 1893 to 2013. It uses the Union as a prism through which to examine changes in musicians’ working lives, the industries they work in and wider British society. It argues that musicians can best be considered as particular sorts of worker and that while the MU’s history has hitherto largely been ignored or marginalised, it has much to teach us about musicians, their working lives and the power dynamics of the music industries.

Keywords: Musicians’ Union, Music Industries, Musicians, Music Profession, BBC, Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), Orchestras

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781784991326
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784991326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Cloonan, author
Martin Cloonan is Professor of Popular Music Politics at the University of Glasgow

John Williamson, author
John Williamson is Research Associate in Music at the University of Glasgow