YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS' SONGS AT THE HEART OF THE WAR.

Seidenberg, S. & Sellar, M. & Jones, L.


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1st ed., 1995. 143 pp., cold., plates + numerous b&w photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 25 x 20cm. FINE. Music was one of the great escapes of the Second World War and it expressed the defiance of a nation under siege. Humour and sarcasm were the ammunition of the British people and songs and musical comic turns by entertainers such as Noel Coward (Could You Please Oblige US with a Bren Gun), Arthur Askey (We're Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line) and George Formby (I Did What I Could With Me Gas Mask) were crucial in sustaining high morale. You Must Remember This' is a fascinating tribute to the popular songs that are now so much a part of our heritage. Featuring tunes from the radio, from dance bands and music halls, from the popular films of the period and from the ENSA and USO tours that took both British and American entertainers to the troops, it recaptures the spirit of the war years.


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