posted on Mar, 20 2011 @ 12:12 PM
reply to post by joeandandi
They are out there. They are called rappers. Of course not all rap is about social change but it is to a large extent. It passes by many of us because
it is couched in words an phrases which are unfamiliar to us.
Back in the sixties not all the folk musicians adressed social issues. The Kingston Trio were hardly political. Or the New Christy Minstrals. Those
that did,Baez,PP+M, Mimi Farina,Ochs etc. though all kept singing, fell by the way when the popular rush to social change played out with the pull out
from Nam and Trickies resignation.
Dylan changed to a much less pointed approach to music and and mostly left protest behind him. Arguably the "Big Star" of the fold scene, his change
of musical direction took a lot of wind from the sails of folk. There have been numerous accounts of heavy threats put to Dylan and Baez to back off
or else, which could account for her early semi retirement and his shift to less threatening songs.
Folk never did bring the big big money so the venue remained modest. Through the following decades many kept singing in small venues and short tours,
but none reaching out much to wider audiences. Arlo and Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert and Holly Near, both duets toured off and on for years, carrying the
message to the faithful.
There are many folk singers around. However one must search in the small corners of our cultural scene among the political progressives. The truth is,
there is no big market for it. As a profit generator folk just always threatened to bite off the hand that fed it.