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Folk Music in America (and the world)

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Folk Music in America (and the world)


A little history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjEy2d0rrtM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9ZNgpb_NkM Personalities: Woody Guthrie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUclfv2u5f0 Lead Belly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIFP_wSY5sc Pete Seeger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4wYiShPEyo Joan Baez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQwQlPIn6LU Utah Phillips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWMcFkQi1KE Something less US-centric? Violeta Parra (the Spanish captions can be auto-translated, but it's not perfect) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAPmZNdd2tg Questions: 1. What are the necessary ingredients of folk music? Does it have to be "traditional" (anonymous, murky origins)? Should modern folk music be classified as its own genre? 2. What do you think fueled the folk revival of the mid-20th century? 3. How do you feel about people singing traditional songs that aren't from their culture? 4. Did you enjoy folk/traditional songs as a child? Were you taught any in school or did you learn any from your family? What was your musical experience in childhood? 5. Do you now enjoy jam sessions, sing-alongs or street performances? Do you participate? 6. What place should traditional music have in modern culture? Does it still have a role to play in social interactions or is it just a reenactment of the past, like milking by hand or plowing with draft animals, mostly experienced in living history exhibits? 7. Do you have a preference for other cultures' musical traditions over your own? Which traditions do you appreciate the most?

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