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Thread #157878   Message #3729999
Posted By: GUEST,matt milton
13-Aug-15 - 05:28 AM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Didn't most of Child's collection come from printed broadsides? And from earlier ballad collections? (Many instances of which are now readily available to view online.)

I also read that he deliberately excluded some ballads due to sexual inuendo (such as 'The Crabfish') – which suggests to me that he favoured exclusion rather than bowdlerisation.

Doubtless someone much better informed than me could confirm.