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Thread #162666   Message #3939658
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
26-Jul-18 - 12:37 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Doppelganger? "It's Jim, Jim, but not as we know it."

Beam me up, Scotty.

Pseudonymous wrote:-

Thank you. I knew he did collecting later in life.

Sorry of course I meant later than the time of his life he was at when he did the early work which was the first work of his that I encountered. He was it seems remarkably young to have been doing what he did in the recording industry. Not a lot of time to work your way up.   He also had a publishing company. A man who helped create and supply a niche market. And it would appear one who kept involved with it.

I'm not wholly convinced that academia is free from commercial 'taint' (can't find a better word at the moment).. I knew somebody whose PhD was industry funded and whose funding vanished when the results were not favourable to the commercial interests in question, along with the chance of a doctorate.

He recorded over 800 LPs for various companies, says wiki.

And, shock horror, he published a textbook on how to collect folk song. You mean he thought that there's a right way to do this, so that people might do it the wrong way? That is tantamount to heresy, I think, to some who have posted here.

I note from Arthur (p357) that Kodaly thought both 'Bert' and MacColl were 'pop stars' or 'pop singers' at any rate. It was the knowledge that such a figure had made the comment that emboldened me to repeat it. Maybe 'stars' was putting it a bit strong. 'Singers' was better. :) I'll happily withdraw 'stars'.