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Thread #101361   Message #2044447
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
06-May-07 - 05:34 AM
Thread Name: Article in Guardian:folk songs & pop junk & racism
Subject: RE: Article in Guardian:folk songs & pop junk & ra
"most songs moved into our culture by being performed first by paid entertainers" - there are so many exceptions to that that it's hard to know whether they are the exceptions or the rule.

Paid entertainers sing songs which had previously been sung for free, and vice versa. The same people song songs on some occasions as paid entertainers or just as a social activity. If someone buys a drink for a siger in a pub does that make them a paid entertainer? Do buskers count paid entertainers in this sense?

To me it seems that the central thing about the various types of song and music that we call "folk music" is that it breaks down these kind of divisions, and doesn't treat the distinction as significant.