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Sounding Dissent

Rebel Songs, Resistance, and Irish Republicanism

Stephen R. Millar (author)

ISBN: 9780472131945

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Hardback

Draws on original in-depth interviews with Irish republican musicians, contemporary audiences, and former paramilitaries, as well as diverse historical and archival material, including songbooks, prison records, and newspaper articles, to understand the history of political violence in Ireland.
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The signing of the Good Friday Agreement on April 10, 1998, marked the beginning of a new era of peace and stability in Northern Ireland. As the public has overwhelmingly rejected a return to the violence of the Troubles (1968–1998), loyalist and republican groups have sought other outlets to continue their struggle. Music has long been used to celebrate cultural identity in the North of Ireland: from street parades to football chants, and from folk festivals to YouTube videos, music facilitates the continuation of pre-Agreement identity narratives in a "post-conflict" era. Sounding Dissent draws on original in-depth interviews with Irish republican musicians, contemporary audiences, and former paramilitaries, as well as diverse historical and archival material, including songbooks, prison records, and newspaper articles, to understand the history of political violence in Ireland. The book examines the hagiographic potential of rebel songs to memorialize a pantheon of republican martyrs, and demonstrates how musical performance and political song not only articulate experiences and memories of oppression and violence, but play a central role in the reproduction of conflict and exclusion in times of peace.
Illustrations 13 illustrations
Pages 264
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Series Music and Social Justice
Subject/s European history   Social & cultural history   Music reviews & criticism   American Civil War  
Stephen R. Millar is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Ethnomusicology at Cardiff University.

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