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GUEST,stringsinger Us and Them: folk music and political persuasion (183* d) RE: Us and Them: folk music and political persuasion 01 Aug 09

Azizi, you bring up an interesting point. Should we support people who carry ideas such as fascism and racism into their concerts? It's a tough call. My inclination is no but we listen to early recordings of such folks as Hobart Smith who Alan Lomax said was overtly racist but enjoyed picking guitar with (I think it was) Furry Lewis, the eminent black folk singer. I know what Bascom said and felt. We were immediately "communists" and introduced as such on his Folk Festival in Asheville. (Jack Elliott called him "Bastard Lampoon Lunchfart".) Yet, here was a great folksinger and cared about the tradition of the Appalachians.

Maybe the answer is to balance out the acts that are overtly racist with other performers with another point of view. (The Hobart Smith/Furry Lewis model).

Louis Armstrong never went back to his hometown New Orleans because it had become too racist. After he was crowned King of the Krewes, he left for good and never looked back.

Frank Hamilton

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