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Posted By: Ron Olesko
02-Dec-02 - 04:11 PM
Thread Name: Folk Music On PBS
Subject: RE: Folk Music On PBS
Don't blame PBS - blame all those people who bought the albums way back when.   If they didn't sell back then, there wouldn't have been a special today.

Frankly I enjoy some of the music of that commercial style.   While I enjoy a well cooked meal, a bag of cheese doodles sometimes is comfort food. This commercial pap is also comforting in its own way.

I do fault the producers of PBS for making it appear that the groups they presented represented the pinnacle of the folk boom. Of course the Kingston Trio and Limeliters were influential in their way, but the rest of the performers seemed to be filler.   I was shocked that Roger McGuinn participated.

The special was crap and I don't recommend it to anyone who loves folk music, but it was still better than watching "Wild On" on the E! channel. Well, maybe not.

Ron