The Daily Telegraph Dictionary of Tommies' Songs and Slang 1914-18 Hardcover – 16 Feb 2008
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Brown contextualizes both the creators and their pioneering offering in terms of the butchery of the Great War, the choice of the songs selected (and thus excluded) for what they meant to Brophy and Partridge, and how the conflict was seen in the 1960s with the advent of the Richard Attenborough's film Oh What a Lovely War (1969), and in Alan Clark's The Donkeys The Donkeys. Brown neither comments on the strengths or weaknesses of the film, nor judges it in the light of later studies and biographies of the generals, and in particular on FM Douglas Haig Haig: A Re-appraisal 80 Years on, or to the many prevalent myths of the war The Myth Of The Great War: A New Military History of World War I, continually replayed in Richard Curtis and Ben Elton's Black Adder Goes Forth (1989).
The songs are voices of people from below, with the "inky-pinky parlez-vous" in Mademoiselle from Armentières having a direct cultural and linguistic link with Elizabethan "Hey Nonny Nonny noes".Read more ›
I remember when I was at primary school in the mid fifties that I heard and knew Mademoiselle from Armentiers. It is interesting because it is a first world war song not even from the second world war which had only finished ten years before. I knew it was rude but did not know why.It was the Inky Pinky Parley Vous bit that fascinated me
This book according to the foreword was first published in 1930 and again in 1965.
It is broken down into soldiers' songs,soldiers' slang and music from the music hall,chants and sayings
I first went to the battlefields in1990 but I had wanted to go for a long time before that. Visited Ypres, Poperinge the Somme etc. I then understood the first world war as it was a very static war.
The literature and songs of the first world war is very varied and the book describes it as a literary war with all the poets and writers. I have followed the life of Edmund Blunden buried in Long Melford churchyard in Suffolk and a good friend of Siegfried Sassoon.
The more I study it the more I understand about the language my mother and father used as they were using snatches of music hall songs and sayings that went back to the first world war. My mother for instance would use expressions like He would be better of in a home which comes from the words of a song.
My father was in the RAF so lot of military expressions were used in our house and a lot are still in the English language.
If you are interested in language, British history or the first world war this book is must.
If there is a criticism and I keep repeating this one. There is no index. Every serious non fiction book should have an index so you can look things up quickly.Read more ›
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Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 13 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
My Dad used to sing all these songs, although he wasn't in the First World War, but the Second. I now know them all off by heart!Published on 12 July 2014 by J. C. CRONIN
Dictionary of tommies songs spends most of the book with anything less than songs the few songs what are in it
i expected a book full of world war one/ two songs not a... Read more
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