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America’s Music Legacy: Folk DVD

Review by Gary Hill

There really are two faces of folk music. The real folk music that’s down home performance with a raw and real feeling to them is one face. The second is the more pop oriented folk that emerged in the 1960s. If your tastes run more to the less polished variety, this DVD is probably not for you. It consists of two TV shows from the 1980s featuring various folk artists, but it is definitely of the pop oriented style. To me that type of folk is a little on the lackluster side and not overly interesting. So, while this DVD does a great job of capturing the performances, it just really wasn’t my style. If you like that kind of folk, though, this will definitely be something you’ll want to have in your collection.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 2 at

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