Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Victory through HarmonyThe BBC and Popular Music in World War II$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Christina L. Baade

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372014.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 November 2020

Music While You Work: Discipline, Dance Music, and Workers in Wartime

Music While You Work: Discipline, Dance Music, and Workers in Wartime

(p.60) 3 Music While You Work: Discipline, Dance Music, and Workers in Wartime
Victory through Harmony

Christina L. Baade

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 examines Music While You Work (MWYW), created by the BBC in response to the production drives spurred by the retreat at Dunkirk in June 1940. The half-hour program united ideologies of music as a force for cultural uplift with research in industrial efficiency in service of the war effort. As the program developed, it reflected concerns with the new female workforce, for the apathetic and unruly bodies of conscripted women workers threatened to slow production, detract from the nation's war effort, and even undermine “the health of all democracy.” Prized for its tonic qualities, MWYW was a powerful tool for factory discipline. Producers harnessed popular and light music, not according to entertainment or artistic values but for their effect on production, audibility, and impact on worker morale. Nevertheless, the program also evoked practices of dancing and background listening, which had become mass leisure activities during the preceding decades.

Keywords:   Music While You Work, Dunkirk, women workers, discipline, factory, popular music, light music

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .