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Author Williamson, John, 1949- author.

Title Players' work time : a history of the British Musicians' Union, 1893-2013 / John Williamson and Martin Cloonan
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource (290 pages)
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Table of contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; Notes on archives and other sources; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Prologue; Approach, methods, and sources; Precedents; Musicians as workers; Themes; 1 Musicians' organisations before 1893; Origins; The nineteenth century; Musicians' societies; Moves towards unionism; New unionism; The OA and the AMU; 2 Early days: the Amalgamated Musicians' Union, 1893-1918; Musical work in the 1890s; Union or association?; Defining the issues; Recruitment and industrial action
The AMU in the courtsGetting the message across; Political lobbying and campaigning; War; Conclusion; 3 Boom and bust: 1919-1933; From the AMU to the MU; Williams resigns; The profession; The arrival of broadcasting; Recordings; Crisis in the cinemas; Competition; More challenges; The Dance Band Section and MPPA; The trade union movement; Conclusion; 4 The politics of dancing: 1934-1945; Working life; Politics and internal machinations; Introducing a 'ban'; Shaping the Corporation; Performers' rights and PPL; War again; Conclusion; 5 Worlds of possibilities: 1946-1955; A survey
Bandleaders, composers, and semi-professionalsA leadership election; PPL, the BBC, and the post-war recording industry; The 1946 agreement; Broadcasting after 1947; Public performance; Internationalism; Challenging licensing; Aliens, orchestras, and jazz; Conclusion; 6 The beat generation: 1956-1970; Skiffle and records; Beat groups and session musicians; Orchestras; Internal affairs; A new leader; Keeping music live; Broadcasting; Copyright; Competition and exchanging musicians; Conclusion; 7 The John Morton years: 1971-1990; The changing MU; Commercial radio broadcasting; Annan's Report
A strike at the BBCThe return of the PRT; Trade union reform and a Commission; Conclusion; 8 Disharmony: 1991-2002; A report's fallout; Orchestral strife; Restructuring; Electoral problems; Conclusion; 9 Beginning again: the MU in the twenty-first century; Reorganising; Campaigning: live music and copyright; Equalities; The modern(ised) MU; Conclusion; Appendix: list of interviews; References; Index
Summary This critical account of the Musicians' Union from 1893-2013 explores the organisation's development as a set of responses to technological, industrial and socio-political changes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-263) and index
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Subject Musicians' Union (Great Britain) -- History
Musicians' Union (Great Britain)
Musicians -- Labor unions -- Great Britain
Musicians -- Labor unions
Great Britain
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
Author Cloonan, Martin, author.
ISBN 9781526108289