Mudcat Café message #2598586 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #119547   Message #2598586
Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
27-Mar-09 - 11:20 AM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
"quotes from Maud Karpeles and Alan Lomax suggest that even the great and the good occasionally say things which are, to say the least, debatable!"

Naturally. It should also be recognized that a debate does not mean that one side is right and the other wrong.

"It is really about whether Folk Music is a limited, definable genre or not. Some of us say that it is and believe that the 1954 definition is a good guide to the limits. Others are insistent that it isn't (limited and definable) and further insist that music that they like is Folk Music. "

There are two HUGE assumptions in that statement, both of which tend to cloud the debate.

One assumption is the statement whether folk music is definable. I don't think anyone is arguing against a definition - the arguement is how that definition is interpreted.

The second assumption is that "music that they like is Folk Music". No one is making an assumuption that everything is folk music.

I think all these threads are filled with people talking over each other and not enough time spent trying to understand the other sides views.   There is more common ground than people wish to admit to.