FOLK MUSIC ∙ 10 PECULIAR FOLK THEMES FROM THE 1960s ∙
Folk is the expression of popular music in all regions and each era, as performed without the aid of enhanced instruments and media. Style is as diverse as the underlying local cultures and compositions include both traditional themes and songs by identified authors. Each individual folk theme is a component of the local culture and its relevance is reflected in its later covers by famous artists, as highlighted by the few specimens illustrated in the section « 10 PECULIAR FOLK THEMES FROM THE 1960s ».
FOLK MUSIC JOURNEY THROUGH 300 ACOUSTIC SONGS
North American singer-songwriters are emblematic of the international folk scene of the 1950-70 period. They include Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and many others. The acoustic folk scene is also alive and vibrant elsewhere, as seen in the song reviews from the regions and countries below.
USA & CANADA 1945-1975
∙ 1960 ∙ Silver dagger (Joan Baez) ∙ Lemon tree (Will Holt) ∙ 1961 ∙ 500 miles (Hedy West) ∙ Maid of constant sorrow (Judy Collins) ∙ 1963 ∙ A hard rain's a gonna fall (BOB DYLAN) ∙ 1964 ∙ The sounds of silence (SIMON & GARFUNKEL) ∙ 1965 ∙ King of the road (Roger Miller) ∙ Pack up your sorrows (Richard Fariña & Mimi Baez) ∙ Early morning rain (Peter Paul & Mary) ∙ 1966 ∙ Waist deep in the big Muddy (PETE SEEGER) ∙ Early morning rain (Gordon Lightfoot, Can) ∙ Solitary man (Neil Diamond) ∙ My country 'tis of thy people you're dying (Buffy Sainte-Marie) ∙ 1967 ∙ Sisters of mercy (LEONARD COHEN) ∙ 1968 ∙ For the sake of this song (Townes van Zandt) ∙ San Francisco (Scott McKenzie) ∙ 1969 ∙ Chelsea morning (Joni Mitchell) ∙ Polk salad Annie (Tony Joe White) ∙ Poor Elijah (Delaney & Bonnie) ∙ It hurts me too (Karen Dalton) ∙ Coming into Los Angeles (Arlo Guthrie) ∙ Sweet Sir Galahad (Joan Baez) ∙
∙ 1970 ∙ Don't let it bring you down (NEIL YOUNG, Can) ∙ Look what they've done to my song (Melanie) ∙ Lady of the rose/Fugue for the ox (Emmylou Harris) ∙ Song to the siren (Tim Buckley) ∙ Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson) ∙ Sugar man (Sixto Diaz Rodriguez) ∙ 1971 ∙ You've got a friend (James Taylor, 1st rel. 1971 Carole King) ∙ Take me home, country roads (John Denver) ∙ 1972 ∙ Operator (Jim Croce) ∙ 1973 ∙ Ann (David Gates/Bread) ∙ 1975 ∙ At seventeen (Janis Ian) ∙