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GUEST,Richard Commercial popular music (86* d) RE: Commercial popular music 15 Sep 15

Most of songs we think of as folk songs, in particular Broadside ballads, were written to make money. Lots of them are excellent songs; however, the good ones spawn a host of derivatives, some good, and some bad.(How many Broken Token songs do we need?) This seems to parallel the case of pop music, where eg. the Beatles were followed by huge numbers of embarrassingly derivative "Merseybeat" copies. Mind you, I liked a lot of them at the time; but the originals survive, and are frequently sung in folk circles without too many grumbles.

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