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Where Are Those Boys part 01

Where Are Those Boys part 01

Composer: Hastings, Walter

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1889

Shelfmark: H.1260.(33.)

Item number: Tract (33.)

Genre: Printed Music and Illustrated Cover

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It is impossible to appreciate the sheer amount of material relating to War and Empire in the Music Hall tradition. The spectacle and heartbreak of warfare is an ideal subject matter for songs that exaggerated and dramatised emotions and feelings. Very few songs dealt with the reality of warfare, they were more likely to be tender love songs for those left at home or patriotic tunes of loyalty to the nation. 'Where are those boys', glorifies the position of the men who are fighting for their country, turning soldiers into heroes.

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