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Thread #153775   Message #3603485
Posted By: Allan C.
21-Feb-14 - 07:37 AM
Thread Name: English vs. American folk culture
Subject: English vs. American folk culture
One of the things I miss most about no longer living in England is the folk culture that still persists there and some would even say it thrives. Sure, all of the other forms of musical expression are there as well, but folk is still very much alive in the UK. I can't help but to wonder what happened in the US to cause it to become so diminished. Even at its peak in the States its adherents were for some reason thought to be subversive and were virtually if not in fact, shunned by "polite society". What happened? How come the UK has folk clubs and the US doesn't? Why is the American calendar not filled with folk festivals like the UK calendar? Any thoughts?