The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878 Message #4029431
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
21-Jan-20 - 10:22 AM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Vic: thanks for the clarification here.
Jag: I respect your point of view: I am just offering one interpretation.
Regarding what 'collectors' should collect: maybe this depends on what they set out to do?
If a person sets out to do some sort of 'ethnographic' or 'ethnomusicological study' of how a particular person or group use music/song in their lives, then perhaps it would be odd to exclude music/songs of a particular provenance?
If a person just sets out, for whatever reason, to collect just songs they define as 'folk' (trying to steer away from definitional problems here), then they might take a different approach.
I think that Harker makes the point that by ignoring whole 'repertoires', and making broad statements on this basis, some mediators run the risk of/have misrepresented working-class life as lived. Something like that.