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Posted By: GUEST,matt milton
13-Aug-15 - 05:28 AM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Didn't most of Child's collection come from printed broadsides? And from earlier ballad collections? (Many instances of which are now readily available to view online.)

I also read that he deliberately excluded some ballads due to sexual inuendo (such as 'The Crabfish') which suggests to me that he favoured exclusion rather than bowdlerisation.

Doubtless someone much better informed than me could confirm.