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Michael S Definition of World Music (35) RE: Definition of World Music 10 Dec 08


I'm interested in something Insane Beard wrote: "... long before the term was appropriated for the marketing of trendy mass-produced CDs ... WORLD MUSIC represented a pragmatic internationalism of creative musical purpose & celebration ... This is why those of a certain persuasion still value the notion of Folk Music / World Music in terms of process & document ..."

I have never heard the term "world music," except as the marketing rubric it has become in the last couple of decades or so. Beard suggests that it had some sort of prior life as a scholarly or quasi-scholarly concept, somewhat akin to the original academic use of the term "folk music."

I'm ignorant of that, and interested. Can anyone point to examples of or discuss such usage. I'd like to know more. I do, by the way, share Art's memory of record stores with "international" sections.

--Michael Scully


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