The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #166031   Message #3989376
Posted By: Jack Campin
26-Apr-19 - 12:01 PM
Thread Name: Making folk club recordings available
Subject: RE: Making folk club recordings available
Count me as a NO.

I've been filmed or recorded on many occasions and I have a hard time thinking of even one I'd like to perpetuate. I like playing in noisy, chaotic environments anyway, where nobody would try to record anything, but even the occasions that made for sonic and visual perfection mostly led to recordings that don't communicate anything like what I wanted.

Not every performance needs to be frozen forever. What really matters in folk music is the process, not the product: the fact that it can be re-created at any time. Like the topical songs Jim Carroll likes to cite, where "if anybody farted, somebody made a song about it" - you can bet nearly all of them were crap and that the people who made them never wanted or expected them to be perpetuated. What is NOT crap, and IS worth perpetuating, is the cultural infrastructure that allows people to create new songs in that way.

You are not perpetuating the tradition by packaging it as if were popping products off a conveyor belt.