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

McKay, GA 2009, '‘Crippled with nerves’: popular music and polio, with particular reference to Ian Dury' , Popular Music, 28 (3) , pp. 341-365.

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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 among the last to contract the disease prior to the successful introduction of mass vaccination programmes (in the West). These include Neil Young, Steve Harley, Joni Mitchell, and Israel Vibration. The article then looks in detail at the work of Ian Dury, who was for a while the highest profile visibly physically disabled pop artist in Britain, and who produced a compelling body of works exploring the experiences of disability.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Popular Music
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Prof George McKay
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2009 16:17
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:38
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2372

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