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Thread #130927   Message #2949772
Posted By: glueman
22-Jul-10 - 09:39 AM
Thread Name: Review: Killing folk
Subject: RE: Review: Killing folk
Traditional music consisted of orally transmitted works being recalled and reworked relatively unselfconsciously. By turning that phenomenon into a disciplined study it's inevitable those who undertake historical research will replace the song keepers of yore. The 'gatekeepers' I referred to.

If one acknowledges that folk music of the first sort died, then an academic study and re-enactment of performance is legitimate. Where I believe the OP is confused is in seeing folk today as somehow different from other musical genres. It isn't because it is not an unbroken strand but a revival, mediated by collection.
Where 'folk music' differs from most other forms of contemporary cultural study is that it is at once extant in terms of performance but extinct with regards to the conditions that gave rise to it. A comparison might be 'northern soul' where a finite and discrete body of 'alien' work is rehabilitated and culturally transfered with new significance attributed to it by its adoptees. The confusion seems to be that not all folk music aficionado acknowledge the role of revival in their appreciation.