Being Beastly to the Germans: Music, censorship and the BBC in World War II

  title={Being Beastly to the Germans: Music, censorship and the BBC in World War II},
  author={R. Mackay},
  journal={Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television},
  pages={513 - 525}
  • R. Mackay
  • Published 2000
  • Art
  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
  • Modern war demands that the enemy be seen as the standard-bearer of barbarism. It follows that his ‘culture’ is held to be tainted and consequently becomes a target of disparaging propaganda. Thus in Britain was the spirit of militarism sought and found in German music and attempts were made (as in the 1914 Promenade Concerts season) to ban its performance. By 1939, as war again threatened, the potential for cultural warfare had been greatly increased by a signiŽ cant technological and social… CONTINUE READING


    Publications referenced by this paper.
    Report of the Broadcasting Committee
    • 1936
    • 10
    • PDF
    BBC policy with regard to copyright music by composers of enemy nationality
    • 1942
    Bliss's letter to The Sunday Times
      Compton Mackenzie threatened: 'I have a shrewd suspicion which it is of the of cials at the BBC that is responsible … and if I can obtain the necessary proof I shall name him
        Grisewood to Deputy Director of Music
          He relied here on the brie ng paper produced by his assistant Julian Herbage, who wrote of the ban: 'there is a universal feeling
            History of Broadcasting, III
              Incorporated in the draft review document
                Memorandum from Nicolls
                  Protection against air attack (undated), probably 1935, BBC