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Tom Jones

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...When Tom Jones won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1965, it ignited a career that would see over 100 million albums sold and thirty-six Top 40 hits in the UK. Born in Wales in 1940, Jones began singing at a young age but suffered from...
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...Based in Wales, UK, the Young Marble Giants was a post-punk band that, because of their sound’s clear contrast to the punk genre, can arguably be considered to have inspired the later new wave and indie music movements. Guitarist...
...The Manic Street Preachers is a Welsh rock band. Known simply as The Manics, the band proclaimed itself to “restore revolution to rock ‘n’ roll in the UK.” It formed a key part of the 1990s Cool Cymru cultural movement, centered around...

Eisteddfod

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Eisteddfod (literally, a sitting; plural: eisteddfodau) is a ubiquitous and indigenous form of competitive cultural festival in Wales. The origins of eisteddfodau lie in the competitive meetings held for the bards of the Welsh aristocracy...

Manic Street Preachers’ The Holy Bible

David Evans

David Evans was born in Cardiff and educated at Cardiff University. He holds a DPhil in American Literature from the University of Oxford. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Independent on Sunday, FT Weekend and Sight & Sound. This is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

33 1/3 Books

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...In August 1994, Manic Street Preachers released The Holy Bible, a dark, fiercely intelligent album that explored such themes as mental illness, murder and war. Richey Edwards, the band’s lyricist and motive force, vanished five months...

Penillion

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Penillion, or canu penillion (penillion singing or verse singing), is a form of singing believed to be exclusive to Wales. It is also sometimes called cerdd dant or canu gyda’r tannau (respectively, string craft and singing...

John Cale’s Paris 1919 (1973)

Mark Polizzotti

Mark Polizzotti is the author of Highway 61 Revisited (#35). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...Paris 1919 was released in 1973 and went straight to obscurity. By the time I’d learned of it, only a few years later, it was already hard to find, a B-side anomaly lost (for a while, at least) between its experimental predecessor and its...

Driving on the A470: Cars and roads in Welsh-language popular music

Popular Music and Automobiles

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...In his final published work before his death, The Psychology of Distance (2003), the academic and Welsh assembly politician Phil Williams related an anecdote the contours of which will be familiar to most Welsh people. As a student...

Scritti Politti’s Cupid & Psyche 85 (1985)

Dan LeRoy

Dan LeRoy is the author of Paul’s Boutique (#30). Follow him on Twitter @danleroy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...A number of mythological characters with familiar names have stories unfamiliar to many of us. Two such figures are Cupid and Psyche, star-crossed lovers from Greek antiquity. Cupid, sent by a jealous Aphrodite to wound Psyche...

Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth

Michael Blair

Michael Blair is the co-author, along with Joe Bucciero, of Colossal Youth (#121). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Joe Bucciero

Joe Bucciero is the co-author, with Michael Blair, of Colossal Youth (#121). Find him at joebucciero.website. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...Welsh post-punk band Young Marble Giants released one LP in 1980 and then, like their vanishing portraits on the album’s cover, disappeared. Even though Colossal Youth received positive reviews and sold surprisingly well, Young Marble...