Mudcat Café message #2711955 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123172   Message #2711955
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
30-Aug-09 - 03:56 AM
Thread Name: What did you do in the war, Ewan?
Subject: RE: Folklore: What did you do in the war, Ewan?
Thanks for that, MtheGM.

Methinks at times the myth Jimmy Miller created in Ewan MacColl grazes as an all-too Holy Cow on the grave of Traditional Folk Song, much less its so-called revival. The legend endures along with his effected mannerisms - it was, after all, Ewan who copped the hand-over-the-ear pose from Arabic muezzin along with that faux-melismatic style which has become de-riguer ever since, despite his dictatorial insistence that we somehow sing our own. If this was truly the case few in the revival, Ewan included, would have dared sing a note!

I was on the verge of ordering at least one of the books mentioned on this thread but noticed that volume two of Daevid Allen's autobiography Gong Dreaming is now available I went for that instead. Sing your own, right enough.