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Thread #60042   Message #960607
Posted By: GUEST,Les B.
28-May-03 - 12:49 PM
Thread Name: Living Tradition and the Revival
Subject: RE: Living Tradition and the Revival
The pay for play issue that radriano brings up is interesting. In the recent biography of bluegrasser Bill Monroe, "Can't You Hear Me Calling," there's a brief discussion of the folk ethics of the 1960's, when collector/perfomer/academics like Ralph Rinzler and Mike Seeger were discovering southern musicians like Monroe and Doc Watson.

The prevailing "folkie" attitude in the north, apparently, was that musicians shouldn't be getting paid for making music but be willing to play it for free. On the other hand, as one of the Dillards (the mainly brothers bluegrass group that moved from Missouri to Hollywood to appear on the Andy Griffith Show) put it (paraphrased) - "we gave up jobs, homes and family to try to make a living at this."