Collecting and circulating

in Folk Music

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395020
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365753 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Collecting and circulating

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‘Collecting and circulating’ outlines the effects that the recording, collection and cuirculation of folk music had on the genre. Cultures reacted differently to the recording of their songs, some seeing it as theft, others as a way of preserving their threatened culture. Disagreements also occurred over the ways of collecting and cataloguing the recordings. Commercial music ventures, who were more interested in money than research, also tapped into folk music. Was this collaboration or exploitation003F The increased circulation of folk music via vinyl and radio influenced a wide range of popular musicians. Now, with the advent of YouTube, folk music is available to all within seconds.

Keywords: Béla Bartók; Billy the Kid; Circulation; Aaron Copland; Bob Dylan; folk music; folk song; Robert Johnson; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; recording; Cecil Sharp

Chapter.  5594 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Folk, Indigenous, and Traditional Music

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