‘Crippled with nerves’: popular music and polio, with particular reference to Ian Dury

  title={‘Crippled with nerves’: popular music and polio, with particular reference to Ian Dury},
  author={George McKay},
  journal={Popular Music},
  pages={341 - 365}
  • G. McKay
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • History
  • Popular Music
Abstract This article looks at a remarkable cluster of popular musicians who contracted and survived poliomyelitis (‘infantile paralysis’) epidemics through the twentieth century, and ways in which they managed and, to varying extents, explored their polio-related impairments and experiences in their music. Drawing on medical history and disability studies, it focuses largely on the pop and rock generation of polio survivors – the children and young people from the 1940s and 1950s who were… 
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  • E. Kendal
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Medical Humanities
  • 2019
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