Musicians on Television at the BBC, 1936-1972

Negus, Keith. 2018. Musicians on Television at the BBC, 1936-1972. Discussion Paper, [Article]

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Making use of material from the BBC Archives, this article focuses on the dilemmas, problems and possibilities experienced by practitioners and programmers as musicians appeared on BBC television broadcasts from 1936.

This is an edited and slightly revised version of an article that started life as a public lecture at Goldsmiths, University of London (‘Shot From Both Sides: Musicians on Television’, 1 February 2005). It was then developed further and published in the Journal of the Royal Musical Association as ‘Musicians on Television: Visible, Audible and Ignored’ (Vol 131 No 2, 2006). For the original published article follow this link - I have edited out what I now consider to be some unnecessary theoretical waffle, and added a few details. If anyone spots any errors, or has any suggestions for improvements please email me at All BBC Archive material is cited with permission.

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08 Feb 2018 10:22

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29 Apr 2020 16:43


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