Blackpool in Film and Popular Music

Editors: Mazierska, Ewa (Ed.)

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  • Presents Blackpool’s unique place in British culture through examining films and songs about Blackpool and artists connected with this city
  • Focuses on the most recent developments of Blackpool’s popular culture
  • Based largely on primary sources collected by authors with a longstanding interest in Blackpool
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This collection examines Blackpool, Britain’s first and largest working-class seaside resort as a location for the production and consumption of British film and popular music, and the meaning of ‘Blackpool’ in films and songs.  It examines representation of Blackpool in films such as Hindle Wakes, A Taste of Honey, Bhaji on the Beach, Away, Bob’s Weekend, The Harry Hill Movie and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, linking it to the concepts of heterotopia, purgatory, fantasy, simulacra and the carnivalesque. It also presents music in Blackpool through the history of its venues and examines development of punk and grime music in this seaside town. The authors argue that Blackpool in filmic and musical texts often stands for British culture, but increasingly for culture which is remembered or imagined rather than present and real.


About the authors

Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. She has published over twenty monographs and edited collections on film and popular music. They include Heading North: The North of England in Film and Television (Palgrave, 2017) and Sounds Northern: Popular Music, Culture and Place in England’s North (2018).

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“Blackpool in Film and Popular Music is not only a book about a much maligned and misunderstood town, it is about how popular culture reflects, enriches, and produces a sense of place for individuals, communities, regions and nations. Its scope is both highly specific and wide ranging, underling the importance of countering the generalisations that all too often define characterisations of Northern places, while producing arguments which are applicable to other spaces in England. In privileging a rich range of scholarly perspectives and diverse explorations of Blackpool, Mazierska models the kind of interdisciplinary approach that is essential if we are to better understand the complex processes of place making that are at play in what is increasingly an economically, culturally and politically divided country.” (David Forrest, The University of Sheffield)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Changing Fortunes of Blackpool

    Pages 1-25

    Mazierska, Ewa

  • Of Other, Gendered Spaces: The Presence of Blackpool in Hindle Wakes, A Taste of Honey and Bhaji on the Beach

    Pages 27-45

    Mello, Cecília

  • A Weekend in Purgatory: Blackpool in Away and Bob’s Weekend

    Pages 47-63

    Bentley, Chad

  • Blackpool Fantasy Narrative in Bob’s Weekend, The Harry Hill Movie and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

    Pages 65-82

    Mazierska, Ewa

  • Nostalgia and Simulacra: Blackpool in Song

    Pages 83-99

    Gillon, Les

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Blackpool in Film and Popular Music
Editors
  • Ewa Mazierska
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49935-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49935-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49934-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 155
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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