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Friday, May 17, 2002

Come Drink Me Down?

I don't think Folk Roots magazine (one of my regular monthly reads) is going to like the tone of this article about The Copper Family, one of the cornerstones of English folk music: "Members of the Copper Family of Rottingdean, East Sussex, have been performing folk music for more than a century, but it's not social injustice that keeps them singing. It's the beer." I think this is part of what Billy Bragg is on about lately, too, about how the English don't take their own heritage seriously. The Coppers are one of the few remaining unbroken links to traditional English music; most of the rest are revivalists. You wouldn't know that from this article, though.

Posted at 12:21 AM

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