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Thread #162666   Message #3898079
Posted By: Steve Gardham
08-Jan-18 - 10:45 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
'crap writes'.

Everyone here, including myself, has gone out of their way to agree that much that was produced on the vast mountains of broadsides to the modern-day mind could be described as 'crap'. However several contributors have quite rightly stated that in ANY genre of literature or music there will be 'crap' and some of it will be good, simply by the law of averages. Even the great Professor Child included a substantial amount of 'moderate jewels' in the ESPB.

Now, if the rest of us are right, and the vast majority of folk songs first hit the streets in this way, you are then condemning the vast majority of folk songs as 'crap'. That will be your legacy, not ours!