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Thread #125119   Message #2776304
Posted By: GUEST
29-Nov-09 - 05:43 PM
Thread Name: Early Broadsides (was-Music o t People)
Subject: RE: Early Broadsides (was-Music o t People)
Jim,
Briefly because I need my beauty sleep desperately. I explained in my first mention of bothy ballads why they were a special case, but obviously I didn't go into enough detail, so I will do so when I get back. When I suggested the other occupations of broadside hacks I was speaking generally. With the exception of a few like John Morgan, who seems to have made a reasonable living at it, they must have come from many walks of life mostly at the bottom end. Of course lots of people went into the printers with songs that were already in circulation, many of them not traditional songs I might add, and got a few pence for their trouble, if the songs were new to the printer. We're already all agreed I think that the songs went in and out of print. I'm simply concerned with my opinion on their origins, from the studying of the songs themselves mainly, and the experiences of people like Morgan.