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Thread #112375   Message #2379906
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
03-Jul-08 - 07:57 AM
Thread Name: Glastonbury English Folk Festival?...
Subject: RE: Glastonbury English Folk Festival?...
So there's irony in WAVs dystopian vision of England? And this from the man who feels his works are somehow good way forward for humanity. This is surely sinister enough, the fact that he so obviously believes in his masterplan for the salvation of humanity. Lord save us!

Otherwise, I'm as proud of my Englishness as the next Englishman, or woman; an all-inclusive and ever evolving Englishness - immigration, ethnic diversity, bleeding borders, Britishness, American influences and all; an Englishness whose musical triumphs are to be found in anything but fecking folk music, at least not the sort of folky folk music whose entire existence is due to the cozy dreams of the wishful few. Real Englishness (and real folk music, one hopes!) is consistent to the cultural & human continuities of the last 10,000 years (at least); forever looking forwards, it does not look back because it doesn't have to; it is secure enough in simply being, and in so being it is forever becoming as history takes its inevitable course.

At least until WAV comes along to show us the error of our ways, and return us to our own good English culture, green and godly gardening and all...