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Thread #119547   Message #2599280
Posted By: GUEST,glueman
28-Mar-09 - 12:09 PM
Thread Name: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Subject: RE: 1954 and All That - defining folk music
Precise definitions are important for the commodification of a music but not necessarily for its dissemination. Many people buying an album of a mainstream artist like Kate Rusby would be pressed to tell the difference between one of her own compositions and traditional material.

If the delivery, instrumentation and style are identical one has to ask what this quantitive difference is? Taxonomists create theoretical divides that have nothing to do with aural reception. 1954 is a comfortable framework for those who seek (un)certainty in their musical provenance but tells us little about folkishness and (IMO) has contributed to the the form becoming a hobby - and a hobbyhorse - that's light years away from its origins.