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Doctor John Why do non-PC songs have the best tunes? (40) RE: Why do non-PC songs have the best tunes? 14 Oct 99


I started this because I was intrigued - amused even - by the LP "English Sporting Ballads", particularly as fox hunting is a hot subject in the UK here at the moment. Does anyone have this LP and what are your thoughts? I agree with the remark "PC for whom?" I depends when and where you're standing and in whose shoes. There was a rather pathetic review of Nic Jones's first rate CD "Penguin Eggs" in Folk Roots (now curiously Froots: Mike Raven , if you're out there I agree with your comments reprinted in the editorial of this magazine) which complained about the inclusion of whaling songs. The same magazine almost appologized for reviewing A L Lloyd's CD of whaling songs. Well, I for one want to know about whaling, the men who sailed, the life they led and what they thought and from where better than the songs they wrote and sang. I think it's very wrong to suppress original material because you don't like it. I started a thread a while ago about why there are no (or few) right wing folk songs particularly as many "folk" have particularly nasty right wing views. It was thought that perhaps such songs were supressed by collectors (or the singers even to please the collectors) with left wing sympathies or views. This gives us a distorted view of history even if it removes material we don't like. The "folk" rarely have a voice, perhaps because they are illiterated or censored - except in folk songs. Dr John


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