Folksong: Tradtion, Revival and Re-Creation is a major contribution to UK and international folk song studies at the start of the twenty-first century. It brings together 36 selected essays, which explore the revival movements, key men and women who made them happen, and some significant singers and songs.
The subjects covered range from ballad studies to folk-rock, from the engravings of Hogarth to the Manchester Runway protest, with differing theoretical and critical perspectives, including features on several of the prime movers – Sabine Baring-Gould, Frank Kidson, Lucy Broadwood, Annie Gilchrist, Gavin Greig, Maud Karpeles, Ruth Herbert Lewis, Annabel Morris Buchanan, Ewan MacColl, Moses Asch, Louise Manny, and Peter Kennedy.
Among the many issues tackled are: cultural politics, national identity, commercialisation, gender, mass media representation, adaptation and acculturation, fakelore, creativity, repertoire analysis, and singing style.
This is a fascinating and timely collection of new insights in the field of folk song, representing the exciting diversity of current research, and deserves to be widely read by scholars and folk revival participants alike.
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