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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 John Morton years: 1971–1990

The John Morton years: 1971–1990

(p.180) 7 The John Morton years: 1971–1990
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John Williamson

Martin Cloonan

Manchester University Press

The chapter reports on the impact of the election of Joh Morton as General Secretary on the Union and outlines developments during his years in office. Attempts to split the MU and attempts to make the Union more relevant of popular musicians are reported. The advent of commercial radio and the Union’s response to it are outlined. The 1977 Annan Report is outlined and the continuing importance of the Performing Right Tribunal stressed. Trade Unions reforms and a key Monopolies and Mergers Commission report on Collective Licensing are explained. A strike at the BBC is reported.

Keywords:   John Morton, Guild of Professional Musicians, Commercial radio, Annan report, Performing Right Tribunal, Monopolies and Mergers Commission, BBC musicians’ strike (1980)

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