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Thread #157878   Message #3729442
Posted By: Steve Gardham
10-Aug-15 - 04:55 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Jon Lighter gives a very fair summary. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. It's unfortunate that such a highly criticised book is the only one so far that gives an overview of all the fakery over the centuries. The fakery exists in many different forms and was done for many different reasons.

By the way, Phil, I agree with much of what you say in the review but nowhere have I said that all English folk songs derive from broadsides. I strongly believe that about 95% derive from some form of commercial activity in towns (including broadsides) and I can demonstrate easily that 89% have their earliest extant forms in this medium.