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Thread #54153   Message #839625
Posted By: Ron Olesko
03-Dec-02 - 10:52 AM
Thread Name: Folk Music On PBS
Subject: RE: Folk Music On PBS
Hold on, there is a lot of generalization going on here.

First of all, you saw an EDITED broadcast. A producer (apparently one with little knowledge of folk music) decided what "highlights" to present.   The producer's purpose was to put together a show that might catch the interest of a viewer, not necessarily the sages of folk music that dwell here at Mudcat. The second purpose was to raise money for PBS. The producer decided those goals could be accomplished by having Glenn Yarbourgh sing his hit (was he lip syncing? I'm not positive.)   While I think the show gave the wrong impression of the folk revival, I do understand what the producer and PBS was trying to accomplish.   I was not inspired to donate after watching this show.

To say that these groups haven't done a new song in 30+ years is not correct. I have played recent recordings from the Limeliters.   They do have an audience that enjoys their music and yes, they do have to cater to that. You won't see the Limeliters headling Falcon Ridge but they will continue to perform around the country.

Roger McGuinn is writing great songs and giving outstanding performances. If any of you saw him at the Philadelphia Folk Festival you know that he isn't the lounge act that this TV special perceived these artists to be.

Be thankful that TV's still have dials - or buttons.