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New book on 19C Songsters

March 29, 2017

My latest book, Cheap Print and Popular Song in the Nineteenth Century: A Cultural History of the Songster (edited with Derek B. Scott and Patrick Spedding) is published today by Cambridge University Press.

The book is a study of songsters – pocket-sized anthologies of songs, usually without notation – and the musical, social, intellectual and economic functions they served.

The cover pic (see attached) is a depiction of a performance by the singer-songwriter and political activist, Charles Thatcher, in the Napier Hotel, Ballarat, c. 1854.



Senior Lecturer, Musicology

Co-ordinator, Ethnomusicology and Musicology

Co-ordinator, Research

Editor | Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

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Monash University VIC 3800


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