Mary Hamer: A hidden history of popular music in Liverpool

Brocken, Michael and Hamer, Laura Mary Hamer: A hidden history of popular music in Liverpool. In: Jazz Utopia International Jazz Conference, 15-17 April 2016, Birmingham City University. (Unpublished)

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One example of popular memory that has been partially eradicated by the centrality of singular narratives of Liverpool’s popular-past can be illustrated by the case of Mary (Daley) Hamer. Our contention is that Mary has been all-but forgotten from contemporary narratives of popular music.
Mary Hamer had to negotiate the very real complication of negotiating taking on a ‘man’s’ role - literally leading an all-male group, at a time when men were used to leading in both public and private life – especially given the pockets of initial male resistance which initially greeted her appointment to take up her husband’s position as bandleader – it may well be that minimising her sexuality via dress also helped her to minimise any perceived threat that the stereotypical gender reversal which her leading an all-male band might have posed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Music (up to 30th April 2018)
Depositing User: Mike Brocken
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 14:38
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2016 13:07

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