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Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
16-Dec-19 - 08:52 AM
Thread Name: The current state of folk music in UK
Subject: RE: The current state of folk music in UK
And it seems to me that 'folk music' in the UK has improved, and not least because one is no longer required to treat with awe elderly gentlemen singing colonialist songs about voyeurism, inappropriately eroticised interpretations of nudity in other cultures, the rape by a white man of a black woman rendered vulnerable by dint of having slipped, accompanied by narcissistic fantasies to the effect that she enjoyed this 'sport' and self-satisfied glee at the fact that when she gave birth he was well out of it. And then to add to it, the folk expert of the time opines that the song was not popular in Australia because it was about 'miscegenation', arguably a racist concept in itself, and possibly not reflecting any doubts that the native Australians, as opposed to the colonists, might have had about the song, had they heard and understood it.

But when I comment that such stuff is embarrassingly bad, all hell is let loose.

Nowadays, I would hope attitudes have changed a bit, and for the better.