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Thread #60042 Message #964156
Posted By: GUEST,Frankham, away from his computer.
08-Jun-03 - 05:27 PM
Thread Name: Living Tradition and the Revival
Subject: RE: Living Tradition and the Revival
Hi Les B.
The problem posed by folks like Rinzler and Seeger is this. Kinda' like Christopher Columbus discovering San Salvador. It was already there. City folks just found out about it. These musicians were known in their communities and prior to Rinzler and Seeger, there was Lomaxes, Lunsford, Sharp, Thomas, Scarborough and others who were part of the Revival.
Uncle Dave Macon was a great performer and to my view representative of the very best in folk music. He was paid for his services on the Grand Ol' Opry. Leadbelly was paid. Woody..paid. Jean Ritchie...paid. Doc Watson...paid. Many trad performers became "pro" in some way or another.
My point, both the traditionalists and the revivalists are part of the process...both needed for clarification, understanding and dissemination of great musical expression(s). If they are paid, great!