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Thread #162666   Message #3944125
Posted By: GUEST,jag
15-Aug-18 - 11:07 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
"we spent thirty years recording a ballad seller who sold his father's songs for money" Exactly. I quoted you on that way back in the discussion when it seemed relevant but seemed to have been passed over.

So where do you get this idea that broadsides were all written by "desk-bound city hacks who were notorious for their bad poetry" I would have thought that those were the ones that didn't find their way into oral transmission.