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Thread #104731   Message #2148885
Posted By: Folkiedave
14-Sep-07 - 04:44 AM
Thread Name: how important is the label traditional singer?
Subject: RE: how important is the label traditional singer?
Like Jim, I believe this is not a thread to argue the merits of Peter Kennedy - but you started it (as has been pointed out by a false assumption)by saying he made value judgements about traditional singers BEFORE recording them or in Bob Blake's case not recording them.

But as far as I am aware there is very little controversy about Peter Kennedy's own field work - virtually all the condemnations of PK have been what he did with the material after he recorded it, and how he treated his informants.

So whether you knew it or not, by suggesting he made value-judgements about singers before recording them or of course not recording them, you are raising an interesting question. So if you could provide some examples where he did this I am sure those interested in the history of field-work in the 1950's by Peter and those with whom he worked would be grateful to hear the results of your researches.

Alternatively of course you could admit you are talking twaddle.