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Thread #2224   Message #2262885
Posted By: GUEST,Nikkiwi
15-Feb-08 - 05:02 AM
Thread Name: What is a Folk Song?
Subject: RE: What is a Folk Song?
going back to the 1954 definition for a moment...

"The term does not cover composed popular music that has been taken over ready-made by a community and remains unchanged, for it is the re-fashioning and re-creation of the music by the community that gives it its folk character."

Does this mean that a song like "Stairway to Heaven" (Led Zep) which has been covered god knows how many times, each in its own way (including once on a wobbleboard) DOES qualify as folk music, as it has been refashioned and re-created by the community???

Just a thought (both on folk music and the dangers of tying oneself to a definition)