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Revel in the folk paradox at this weekend’s Winter Hoot

February 06, 2014 10:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Long before Elvis’ hips, Hendrix’s flaming Strat anthems and whatever other oft-cited pop-culture paradigm shifts you cite often, folk music was the genuine voice and vehicle of revolution, an underground news service and a rallying cry. With its well-worn populist forms, folk lends itself to narrative, to the transmission of cultural currents and the safekeeping of experiences and traditions that might otherwise be trampled and forgotten. Folk’s revolutionary calling in the 20th century was paradoxical: the daring to question the inevitability of progress and its hard-sell assumptions of universal betterment. Folk is radical in its critique, reactionary in its prescriptions.
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