Williamson, C (2019) Deviance, disorder and music in modern Britain and America. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781441150714 (Forthcoming)


'Deviance, Disorder and Music in Modern Britain and America' is a study of the perceived collision between morality and popular music in the mid-20th century period. The arrival of 'Rock and Roll' music in 1955 signalled the beginning of music's grip on youth popular culture. Since then, there has been consistent attention paid to the impact of popular music on the behaviour of young people both in terms of morality and criminal behaviour. This work examines the early concerns associated with 'Rock and Roll', which focused around its contravention of the established racial order in America and promotion of material of a sexually explicit nature. In the Sixties there were further worries about the impact of music on youth in terms of disorder and increasing drug use. In the Seventies and beyond anxieties were introduced around the association with civil disobedience, racial violence and even Satanism. Cliff Williamson draws together these different elements into a coherent and original analysis of the interaction of the law and popular music in the modern era.

Item Type: Book

Part of the 'History of crime, deviance and punishment' series.

Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2014 21:14
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2018 15:51
Request a change to this item or report an issue Request a change to this item or report an issue
Update item (repository staff only) Update item (repository staff only)