The British Pop Music Film: The Beatles and Beyond by Stephen Glynn (auth.)

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Dene’s songs are all The Primitive Pop Music Film 25 semi-diegetic, with guitar and swaying coffee bar audience, while all guest acts perform their numbers diegetically, mostly in Harry’s recording studio. 38 Such plain presentation may reveal more of economic than cultural imperatives, but ultimately the making of Nancy’s and others’ records is the film. 39 Here one notes a titular shift from artist, ‘Tommy Steele’, to artefact, the ‘Golden Disc’. In its lengthy ‘demystification’ of the recording industry The Golden Discc presents technology as a new form of spectacle, a new show.

79 In Serious Charge the tyranny of the patriarchal leather belt is reserved for the unrepentant elder sibling Larry. Instead Howard stays in town to stand surety for Curley. Does this make him a new custodial father figure for the reformed rocker? Or are there other motivations? The notion of homosexuality lowers over the second half of Serious Charge. The eponymous accusation brought by Larry is, we know, not true, but why are Hester and the town so quick to believe it? Stephen Bourne has suggested that Howard ‘is probably unconsciously gay’ and offers supportive evidence ranging from his love of shopping to ‘a rather matey relationship with the lesbian probation officer’ and how ‘the knowing, teasing presence of his mother would seem to suggest that he has not had girlfriends in the past, nor had she encouraged any’.

Within less than two minutes the filming of the dance contains 24 edits of jiving feet, girls jumping into The Primitive Pop Music Film 37 boys’ arms, plus three reaction shots of the hot-under-the-collar cleric. The rhythm of the montage and the close-ups of Michelle convey the dual message of rock’n’roll and sexual promiscuity. It is an explosion of pent-up passion in a parsimonious setting – delirious or dangerous depending on your age and inclination, but undeniably constructed with considerable skill.

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