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US Folk Music Revival

"The US Folk Music Revival came out of the social and economic setting of the 1940s in which many young people believed that the parent generation had gravely mismanaged the world. Figures such as Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger, and Alan Lomax, promoted engagement by college students and intellectuals in the ideals of populist folksong. ‘Folksingers’, who became ‘stars’ in urban contexts resurrected old styles but also created new songs with personal or political texts."

"During the 1960s, the term ‘folk’ came closer to its American usage of singer-songwriters, such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Caroline Hester and Judy Collins, who accompanied themselves on acoustic guitars and performed some traditional material. Soon it was used indiscriminately by the media to include any acoustic music. As the Folk music revival began to develop, a distinction was made by the participants between ‘contemporary folk music’ and ‘traditional folk music’"

- Carole Pegg, "Folk Music" Grove Music Online

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