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Thread #130927 Message #2949649
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
22-Jul-10 - 06:50 AM
Thread Name: Review: Killing folk
Subject: RE: Review: Killing folk
David, it might help if you try to equate folk music with antiques.
With antiques it's not only about the quality of the workmanship, or of the design or even of the condition - it's about stories. This means that age, provenance and patina can be just as or even more important.
But - you have to be someone who appreciates antiquity in order to 'get' it, and if you're not, then it's just some old, out-of-fashion stuff.
That doesn't mean that antiques dealers are killing off their market by only selling in antique shops and fairs, though, does it?
Of course folk is no longer only about old music, it's also about DIY music now - and here the parallel is with other socially creative groups like art classes and choirs. Friendship, mutual support and a sense of shared experience and history is sometimes more important than conventional 'quality' - though there's plenty of that once you tune in.