Anglo American Folk Music

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Anglo American Folk Music is considered as the traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community and passed on through generation. Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. Folk music arose, and best survives, in societies not yet affected by mass communication and the commercialization of culture. It normally was shared and performed by the entire community (not by a special class of expert performers), and was transmitted by word of mouth.
My observation included listening to folk songs and stories of Woody Guthrie. Woody Guthrie was one of those workers who headed to California in search of gainful employment. Woody wrote hundreds of songs between
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Folk songs ranges in subject matter from war, work, civil rights, and economic hardship to nonsense, satire and, of course, love songs. Peace was also a great backdrop against which to create music. Many people came to this country over the centuries to escape conflict, poverty, famine, and persecution. In building new lives for themselves, they created America. Domestic life is one of the great staples of folk music-love, work, religious faith, family, and the rearing of children.
From the onset of American history, folk music has shown up at times when the people needed it most. The earliest folk songs rose from slave fields as spirituals: “Down by the Riverside,” “We Shall Overcome,” etc. These are songs about struggle and hardship, but are also full of hope. They sprang from the need of the worker to go to a place in her brain where she knew there was more to the world than the hardships she was facing at the time.
It originates among the common people of a nation or region and is spread about or passed down orally. It is characterized by simple melodies. In popular usage, this term refers to music of oral traditions, often in relatively simple style, primarily of rural provenance, normally lacking an identifiable composer and performed by non-professionals, used and understood by broad segments of a population and especially by

the lower socioeconomic classes, characteristic of a nation, society, or ethnic group, and claimed by one of these as its own.
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