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Thread #162666   Message #3886416
Posted By: Jack Campin
02-Nov-17 - 12:46 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
The only ones who have radically changed academic opinion have been the ones who have written that the position of women in the collecting work of the first has been seriously understated; they are producing plenty of evidence to support this. The interesting talk by Lizzie Bennett that I heard at a Traditional Song Forum meeting this year produced facts that this happened in Sussex and I had not heard this information before.

You could say the same about collectors much further afield. In Yiddish and Klezmer music, one of the most important collectors was Sofia Magid, who did some of the most important fieldwork ever despite being Jewish under Stalinism as well as female in patriarchal Russian academia. She was almost entirely unrecognized for it, but at least she managed to preserve her archive and not get sent to a labour camp or shot. We are only just beginning to explore what she left. Samples here:

https://yiddishsong.wordpress.com/tag/sofia-magid/