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Players' work timeA history of the British Musicians' Union, 1893â2013$
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Martin Cloonan and John Williamson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991326

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991326.001.0001

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The beat generation: 1956–1970

The beat generation: 1956–1970

(p.144) 6 The beat generation: 1956–1970
Players' work time

John Williamson

Martin Cloonan

Manchester University Press

The chapter spans the period between the Copyright Act of 1956 and the 1970 general election. It discusses the impact of skiffle and beat groups and the development of the recording industry. The position of the UK’s orchestras is outlined. Internal machinations within the Union are reported, including the election of a new General Secretary, John Morton, in 1970. The development of the Keep Music Live campaign is highlighted. The development of ITV, relationships with the BBC and advent of pirate radio are reported. The reciprocal exchange of musicians across the Atlantic is explained.

Keywords:   Skiffle, Beat groups, Orchestras, John Morton, Keep Music Live, ITV, BBC, Pirate radio, Reciprocal exchanges

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