Too Late, My Brothers

John Limon

in Death's Following

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242795
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242832 | DOI:
Too Late, My Brothers

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This chapter argues that the success of the folk singing revival of the early 60s was the result of its technique for secreting death in the jejune inspiration of its music. The Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, and Peter, Paul and Mary all sang death songs in an unknowing, affectless way that both infantalized audiences and let them know that mortality was the missing ingredient of their adulthood. Thus childhood was restored to us so that we could learn remedially that adulthood figures death more powerfully than death itself as irrevocability.

Keywords: Folksongs; Kingston Trio; Limeliters; Peter, Paul and Mary; Infantilization

Chapter.  7687 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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