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This democratic appeal, however, is made possible by the erasure of the broadside ballad, a form that traditionally combined woodcut images with poetry intended to be sung aloud.
The basic purpose of this book is to explore how witchcraft, and disorderly women more generally, were represented musically and textually in early modern England, in particular in broadside ballads. There is indeed a good deal of literature from the period that focuses on women's voices as a locus of transgression and control.
The anonymous broadside ballad "Rare News for the Female Sex: Or, Good Luck at Last" (1695/6) is a raunchier, but similarly economically sophisticated piece of literary wit.
Broadside Ballads From the Pepys Collection: A Selection of Texts, Approaches, and Recordings (CDs included)
* The broadside ballad constitutes one of the oldest forms of popular culture in Europe and America.
Leslie Shepard's collection celebrated the golden age of street literature and nearly all of the items within it provide the source material for his books on the subject: The Broadside Ballad, a study in origins and meaning (1962); John Pitts, ballad printer of the Seven Dials, London, 1765-1844 (1969); and The History of Street Literature (1973).
The approach applied here uncovers a longer and earlier segment of tradition, by comparing versions of a song from oral tradition with the broadside ballad, decades or centuries earlier, from which they derive.
Simpson, The British Broadside Ballad and its Music (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1966).
The study explores the power of the popular media in the 17th century when, by the end of the 1600s, the broadside ballad could build or destroy someone's public image.
A black-letter broadside ballad, The Princess Welcome to England, the most popular print medium of the period, heralded Mary's arrival in England at this historic juncture.
It was in Fowle's print shop that Thomas set his first type from a copy of a broadside ballad, The Lawyer's Pedigree.
broadside ballad A descriptive or narrative verse or song, commonly in a simple ballad form, on a popular theme, and sung or recited in public places or printed on broadsides for sale in the streets.