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SeanM Value of going back to the tradition? (24) RE: Value of going back to the tradition? 24 Mar 03

Point 1: Actually, just performing the song as someone else has recorded it can get you in trouble for more than just authenticity. Copyright issues might rear their ugly heads - if you're performing for profit, that is. Heck, given the trigger happy lawsuit hounds, you might get in trouble regardless.

Point 2: Other than the original, EVERY "version" is a copy of something relating to it. Even a lot of what is accepted as "pure traditional" is actually just someone's version of a traditional song. The sticky bit (if you're an authenticity fan) is determining WHICH variant, WHICH Child Ballad, WHICH Norwegian Sardine Finning shanty it came from...

Point 3: Definitely. The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. Pete Seeger. Bob Dylan. The list goes on, and on, and on. I'd say that even before mass communications, individual singers would likely have left their 'mark' on the towns they lived/sang in. It's fairly natural - someone performs something very well, the audience is likely to imitate it later. With mass communication, it's more obvious in comparing the styles chosen.


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