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Re: A Neo-Folk Era?
I do seem to recall one song by the Chad Mitchell Trio about Khrushchev being afraid of a poet. There was definitely a lot of left-wing sentiment in some segments of folk music (Joan Baez for sure and she was still at it when I saw her a few years ago). But what about the Ballad of the Thresher? It mentions heroism of those lost during the Cold War. The Ballad of the Quiet Fighter also seems to warn against danger from both left and far right. Also, I think one reason JFK is still admired is that he was a staunch anti-communist who also saw the need to fix civil rights problems at home. So he wasn't a folkie but was an admired president during much of the folk era? OK I was only a small child at the time so I guess I should bow out now and leave the debate to those who remember it first hand. God bless all and folk on.
Hi Ken, I really don't recall very many, if any, folk artists of the 50s or 60s with themes of fighting communism, celebrations of freedom, yes but not fighting communism. It was more a reaction against things like HUAC that I remember. Red scares and attacks on folk artists such as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez or Paul Robeson were common. I remember the line from the Chad Mitchell Trio's version of the John Birch Society: "If mommy is a commie then you gotta turn her in." Of coursed that was tongue in cheek and not a paean to Birchers.
Just speculation on my part but just think of how ripe the present time is if the "Folk Era" of old could somehow happen now! The old themes of the "Folk Era" such as Civil Rights, Equality, and fighting Communism, are now being recycled in real-time except now instead of fighting Communism to save our freedoms, Americans are fighting each other, politically and physically, to establish what each side thinks America should be. Your thoughts are welcomed!