British Popular Music and US Culture in the Late 1950s: A Reassessment (Focusing on the British Reception of 'West Side Story', c.1958-1960)

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This paper focuses on the British reception of 'West Side Story' when the musical was first staged there in the late 1950s – looking particularly at how its themes of juvenile delinquency and inter-cultural conflict were understood from a British perspective, and also the ways in which British audiences and commentators related the show and its music to the contemporary popular music scene.
Period4 Mar 2023
Event titleScottish Association of American Studies Annual Conference 2023
Event typeConference
Conference number24
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational