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Thread #80976   Message #1481685
Posted By: Ebbie
10-May-05 - 11:57 AM
Thread Name: Carter Family on PBS Amer. Exp. 9 May 05
Subject: RE: Carter Family on PBS Amer. Exp. 9 May 05
I liked it. I was surprised that there was so much footage. I really had not seen photos of them to any extent of when they were young and vibrant.

I too ended up respecting A.P.'s contribution much more. I have always tended to blame him for some of the gaffes* the Carter Family commits in regard to lyrics - and it may be true that it was his reading that caused them - but A.P. Carter did folk music a tremendous service in collecting these songs.

*Gaffes. For instance, take a look at Wildwood Flower versus the original. Or at Poor Orphan Child- they sing " that leads them aid", when in context the word is clearly "lends" them aid. Multiple other anomolies, bless their hearts.