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Thread #54153   Message #839151
Posted By: Ron Olesko
02-Dec-02 - 05:54 PM
Thread Name: Folk Music On PBS
Subject: RE: Folk Music On PBS

I too listen, and play on my radio show, SOME of the artists that appeared on the show. I have a deep respect for the Kingston Trio and I think that the Limeliters have ALWAYS been good. The Limeliters continue to this day recording decent music.

I don't fault anyone for singing folk songs and getting others to sing. That should be applauded, even if their motives were commercial.   

I don't think anyone is faulting the program for showing aging performers. The problem that I had with the show is that they tried to pass it off as the "best" of what folk music had to offer during the folk revival.   That simply isn't the case. They presented a slice of a very commercial sound of folk music of the day. Where were the Greenbriar Boys? the New Lost City Ramblers? Pete Seeger? Joan Baez? any one of dozens of folksingers that represented folk music during the 1960s?

The fault we had is that the image they tried to present was not 100%accurate.