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People's Music: A Conversation about Popular and Folk Music Traditions

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 40 mins
Event Type: Lecture / Panel Discussion Program Origin: KPFA

From a program recorded in 1962, Malvina Reynolds and Will Ogdon in conversation with Lou Gottlieb about the intersection of popular and folk music. Intended as a response to a then recent University conference panel on the same subject, in which the more academically minded panelists proved to be out of touch with the audience about popular music in contemporary culture and the emerging folk music revival. While the academics seemed to conceive of folk music as, strictly traditional music played from memory, and represented by the minstrel shows and English ballads of centuries' past, the audience, and this program’s participants, seemed more open to the idea of folk music as a living tradition represented by contemporary popular musicians. Topics discussed include the influence of widely available recordings on the folk music tradition, and the spread of African and other traditional world music, among others. Lou Gottlieb was an educator, entertainer, and musicologist, whose earnest attempt to make some sense of the cross pollination between popular and folk music traditions in the latter half of the 20th century makes for a very enlightening listening experience.

Genres:  Folk Music; Popular Music
Subject:  Folk music -- History and criticism; Popular music -- History and criticism
People:  Reynolds, Malvina ; Ogdon, Will, 1921-; Gottlieb, Lou, 1923-
Recording Date:  7/31/1962
First Broadcast Date:  9/22/1962
 
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