Mudcat Café message #1090680 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65947   Message #1090680
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
11-Jan-04 - 08:05 PM
Thread Name: Lonnie Donegan: Whatcha All Fink Of Him
Subject: RE: Lonnie Donegan: Whatcha All Fink Of Him
If Lonnie Donegan had sounded more like Leadbelly, rather than like himself, that would have been less "authentic" rather than more.

What he got across to people in Britain was the message that you don't have to get your music just from listening passively to records made in a previous time, you can stand up and make it yourself, and you can sing the old songs in your own voice.

And for a lot of us, that's where it all came from, and we're still doing that after all these years.