Australian masculinities and popular song: the songs of sentimental blokes 1900–1930s

Bellanta, Melissa J. (2012) Australian masculinities and popular song: the songs of sentimental blokes 1900–1930s. Australian Historical Studies, 43 3: 412-428. doi:10.1080/1031461X.2012.706619

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Author Bellanta, Melissa J.
Title Australian masculinities and popular song: the songs of sentimental blokes 1900–1930s
Journal name Australian Historical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Publication date 2012-09-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2012.706619
Open Access Status
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 412
End page 428
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Songs in which male protagonists expressed tender sentiments about mothers or sweethearts were everywhere in early twentieth-century Australia. They could be heard in vaudeville shows, home sing-songs, neighbourhood parties and amateur concerts—even those held for or by servicemen during the First World War. In this article I explore the implications of this for Australian masculinities between 1900 and the 1930s, paying particular attention to ‘rough’ and/or working-class masculinities in the First World War era. Drawing on oral histories and a case-study of the vaudevillian, Harry Clay, I challenge the idea that Australians had ‘lost their taste for the sentimental’ in the early 1900s. While men were coming under increasing pressure to be stoic or tough I argue that this made sentimental songs more important rather than less, as a forum in which men could voice feelings considered unacceptable at other times in their lives.
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