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Thread #92109   Message #1762143
Posted By: GUEST
17-Jun-06 - 09:08 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Peter Kennedy (1922-2006)
Subject: RE: Obit: Peter Kennedy (10 June 2006)
Greg,
I am reluctant to enter into a discussion of Peter and his work; I do hold very strong opinions about it but I believe that it would be a diversion at this stage.
The situation is at present, and has been for a long time, that what was the BBC collection - paid for out of British taxes has been treated as a commercial enterprise and now is part of Peter's estate and will either be continued as a commercial concern or sold off to the highest bidder (I understand that there have been moves to sell the collection in the past - America has always proved ready to supply buyers, as witnessed by the efforts to buy the contents of Vaughan Williams Memorial Library in the past). People can judge for themselves the merits and demerits of what use has been made of the recordings by Folktrax, but I do know that most of the collection has never been issued and personally, I find that what has been made available has been in such a poor form as to devalue it. Attempts by outsiders to issue the material have amounted to very little (I know that an effort to release the Harry Cox songs was met with a demand that accompaniment should be added!)
As far as I am concerned the collection is a national treasure and should belong to the nation - just like Constable and Turner.
Sorry, don't know about boxes (except many of them are too loud!)
Jim Carroll