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Alexandra Apolloni returns from fall quarter in London

March 7th, 2012 · No Comments

UCLA Musicology Ph.D. student Alexandra Apolloni recently returned to Los Angeles after spending the fall quarter in London, England.

Alexandra’s dissertation is about British girl pop singers in the 1960s, and she spent her time in London researching performers such as Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Sandie Shaw, Marianne Faithfull, and Cilla Black.? Alexandra did research in the British Library’s extensive newspaper and magazine collection, where she found original interviews and articles in pop music magazines and fashion magazines from the 1960s.? She plans to use these primary sources to talk about how girl pop singers fit into a larger context of how femininity and race were understood in Britain in the 1960s.

Alexandra also spent time at the British Film Institute, where she was able to watch archival video footage of television shows like Cilla at the Savoy, The Sandie Shaw Supplement, and Dusty, which have never been commercially released and have rarely been seen since they were originally broadcast in the 1960s.? Since it is difficult to obtain or view copies of these shows and very few scholars have written about them, Alexandra is very much looking forward to writing about them in her dissertation.

Alexandra’s research trip was funded by the HASOM Student Opportunities Fund, the American Musicological Society, and the UC Center for New Racial Studies.

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