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Thread #119547   Message #2598434
Posted By: GUEST, Sminky
27-Mar-09 - 07:55 AM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Let's just take a step back from all the bickering for a moment. It happens every time and leads us nowhere.

Let us take a practical, longer-term view:

IF you believe folk music to be THIS (by whatever definition - right or wrong)

BUT public opinion (the folk) believes it to be THAT (by whatever definition - right or wrong)

THEN .....

....and your may supply your own answer.

But think very carefully of all the implications.

For example: the issue of funding is often raised in these debates as a reason for the need for the 1954 defintion. But who will the funders listen to in the future - you or everybody else?

I agree with Shimrod (yep, really) when he says that people need to start "thinking things through a bit more thoroughly". Because what he proposes entails taking on the rest of the world - and there is only ever going to be one winner in THAT contest.