Frith : ‘The experience of pop music is an experience of identity: in responding to a song we are drawn, haphazardly, into emotional alliances with the performers and the performer’s other fans’
Frith : ‘The first reason. . We enjoy popualr music is because of its use in answering questions of identity: we use pop songs to create for ourselves a particular sort of self-definition, a place in society.’
Identity as a process - songs, etc. help form social groups
‘ There was a long period in the 80s when people were confused about what it meant to be English. . In the Thatcher years, things were changing so fats that nobody really understood what was happening.’ (Albarn)
Change in political climate made expressions of Britishness/ Englishness easier.
Pop music played a part in construction of mational identity in the 90s
Doherty: ‘I fall in love with Britain every day, with bridges, buses, blue skies . .but it’s a brutal world. Man’
“ I don’t feel myself to be representative of a general feeling of Englishness. I’m interested in William Blake. In the same way that I immersed myself in the Smiths, I did the same with lots of aspects of English culture. I was obsessed with certain writers, certain styles of film. Those kitchen sink films like Billy Liar, hit me right in the heart. They were about a pride, a dignity and a respect for people who you feel you belong with a community and a mutual respect.’