Palgrave Studies in Sound

Audio Drama Modernism

The Missing Link between Descriptive Phonograph Sketches and Microphone Plays on the Radio

Authors: Crook, Tim

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  • Offers an engaging exploration of the interplay between politics and audio modernism, questioning the role of MI5 surveillance and vetting of creative and political agitprop BBC radio features during the 1930's
  • Uniquely examines pioneering sound drama modernism of British record companies during the early 20th century
  • Provides direct links to an online archive of more than 100 audio dramas made between 1904 and 1939 that are now out of copyright
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Audio Drama and Modernism traces the development of political and modernist sound drama during the first 40 years of the 20th Century. It demonstrates how pioneers in the phonograph age made significant, innovative contributions to sound fiction before, during, and after the Great War. In stunning detail, Tim Crook examines prominent British modernist radio writers and auteurs, revealing how they negotiated their agitational contemporaneity against the forces of Institutional containment and dramatic censorship. The book tells the story of key figures such as Russell Hunting, who after being jailed for making ‘sound pornography’ in the USA, travelled to Britain to pioneer sound comedy and montage in the pre-Radio age; Reginald Berkeley who wrote the first full-length anti-war play for the BBC in 1925; and D.G. Bridson, Olive Shapley and Joan Littlewood who all struggled to give a Marxist voice to the working classes on British radio.

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Professor Tim Crook is an award-winning academic, playwright and journalist who specializes in investigative history projects that have social, political and cultural impact. He has been Head of Radio at Goldsmiths, University of London for 30 years, and President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Crook, Tim

  • Audio Drama and Modernism: Gordon Lea 1926, the First Manifesto

    Pages 11-26

    Crook, Tim

  • Radio Drama and the Avant-Garde: Lance Sieveking 1934, the Second Manifesto

    Pages 27-39

    Crook, Tim

  • The Modernist Turn in Literature and Radio Studies: How It Changes Understanding of the History of Sound Drama

    Pages 41-54

    Crook, Tim

  • Bridging Political Modernism Between Descriptive Phonographs, 1920s Political BBC Radio Drama and the 1930s Agitational Radio Features

    Pages 55-78

    Crook, Tim

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Audio Drama Modernism
Book Subtitle
The Missing Link between Descriptive Phonograph Sketches and Microphone Plays on the Radio
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Sound
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-8241-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-8241-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-8240-0
Series ISSN
2633-5875
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 339
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