chapter  6
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ByGreat Britain

GREAT BRITAIN Following the folk music commercial upsurge and the subsequent general decline of the 1960s, there was increasing confusion over what exactly was “folk music.” Grasping for identity or definitions, in 1970 a group of students gathered in Birmingham to discuss the “relationship between the folk arts and contemporary culture.” Once engaged, they quickly concluded that there was no simple way that folk enthusiasts could talk any longer of a “folk revival.” Even worse, they discovered that “the term ‘folk song’ had virtually lost its meaning, that the revival had lost most of the pretensions to radicalism that it had once had, and that folk song had been virtually completely co-opted and absorbed by the apathy machines of Tin Pan Alley.”