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Thread #110621 Message #2335159
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
07-May-08 - 04:31 PM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
I think maybe theres a bit of 20/20 hindsight going on here.
Remember that in the 1950's people like Ewan MacColl and Bert had created a folk club movement in England - taking from all kinds of things - maybe from cod ethnic singers like Big Bill Broonzy and Josh White who were gigging American nightclubs in the 1940's -, people who had made a success of raising folk music's profile in a tough industrialised society.
Ewan and Bert had to think - what will carry, what will survive , what is the most armour plated toughened version of folk music that will make it out of the library doors and into the human throng. That's something that English folksingers since haven't had to worry about, because Ewan and Bert succeeded.
Perhaps Shakespeare could have written Richard III as a decent chap who had his good points - but would we have remembered his plays if all Shakespeare had done was chronicle and tabulate.