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Gladsongs and GatheringsPoetry and its Social Context in Liverpool since the 1960s$
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Stephen Wade

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237273

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313196

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These Boys

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The Rise of Mersey Beat

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Gladsongs and Gatherings

Richard Stakes

Liverpool University Press

The question of Merseyside's importance in the history of the development of pop music in the UK in the 1960s has been pondered many times. This chapter examines the socioeconomic and cultural factors that need to be taken into account when considering the origins of the Merseyside groups. It argues that these influences were not just localised around the grey waters of the River Mersey, but were effecting change, particularly on youngsters, throughout the length and breadth of the country. It considers factors such as the changes in social life in post-war Britain and the ‘US effect’, as well as circumstances that can be identified within the Merseyside conurbation.

Keywords:   Merseyside groups, Liverpool, socioeconomic factors, cultural factors, pop groups, pop music

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