Alien invasions: the British musicians’ union and foreign musicians

Cloonan, M. and Brennan, M. (2013) Alien invasions: the British musicians’ union and foreign musicians. Popular Music, 32(2), pp. 277-295. (doi:10.1017/S0261143013000093)

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This article examines the policies of the British Musicians’ Union towards the employment of musicians who were not UK citizens in the period from the 1920s to the 1950s, with particular emphasis on an alleged ban on American musicians entering the country. Drawing on a number of hitherto largely ignored and/or unavailable sources, it argues that many previous accounts of these policies have simplified a more complex picture. We illustrate that complexity and suggest that the issues surrounding the ban are ones which continue to resonate.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cloonan, Professor Martin and Brennan, Dr Matt
Authors: Cloonan, M., and Brennan, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
Journal Name:Popular Music
ISSN (Online):1474-0095
Published Online:16 May 2013

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