Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafesj

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Sleepy Rosie What makes it a Folk Song? (404* d) RE: What makes it a Folk Song? 19 Mar 09

It strikes me that language being what it is, the term 'folk song' irrespective of it's 1954 definition, has well and truly evolved in contemporary understanding into something far broader and more inclusive.

And now that it is so completely owned by a more popular understanding, there seems IMO little point in attempting to reclaim it, or preserve whatever integrity it may (?) have once possessed.

If academics want a term that isn't open for evolved reabsorption into the language, probably better to utilise a far less ambienced word than 'folk' for starters, preferably one with lots of unfriendly syllables, and a very stingy amount of entries in the dictionary... ;-)

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.