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'Songs for the Millions': Chartist Music and Popular Aural Tradition

Bowan, Kate; Pickering, Paul


Songs and singing, and music making more generally, are a neglected aspect of the social culture of Chartism. Many of the Chartist musings that have been treated as poetry by scholars were, in fact, lyrics for songs with identifiable melodies which drew on a rich aural tradition in popular culture. Chartist rituals almost invariably involved music as well as speech; the ranks of the movement were filled with musicians. The music they made, in its many and varied forms, has not received full...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Labour History Review
DOI: 10.1179/174581809X408393


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