The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #52044   Message #795336
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
02-Oct-02 - 05:50 AM
Thread Name: Radio Ballads (MacColl/Parker)
Subject: RE: Radio Ballads (MacColl/Parker)
That's fascinating stuff. I hope someone somewhere is bringing that kind of material together and preserving it, and passing on the songs produced.
But I don't think it should be seen just as a historical thing. The special thing about the Radio Ballads form was the way that the field recordings of ordinary people talking about their lives were combined with songs built out of what they said, using their own words. It's a combination that would still work, and there are all kinds of stories that could best be told through it - including the stories of immigrant communities, for example.
What's missing is maybe the real possibility of using broadcast radio as the medium for this kind of thing - but in some ways internet radio and CDs etc could be an even better way of doing it.