The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #144266 Message #3334973
Posted By: Stringsinger
07-Apr-12 - 12:50 PM
Thread Name: When does living history end?
Subject: RE: When does living history end?
I couldn't agree more. The best way to study folk music is to be around the original practitioners. The denigration of old ways and people has its consequences in that
history can be rewritten in an Orwellian fashion with new "Ministry of Truths" emerging every day. The deification of Woody Guthrie is a case in point.
Whenever possible, living histories need to be preserved, recorded and used as legitimate references.