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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 the related music includes both traditional themes and compositions by identified authors.

Folk songs by European and American singer-songwriters have always been an important part of the genre. In the 60s, acoustic folk became mainstream all over the world including in Europe, Latin America and in the USSR. Singer-songwriters are emblematic of the American folk scene of the 1950s and 60s. These include Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen and Neil Young.


Generally speaking, author's song is an integral part of every local culture. But when he delivers a song that later becomes a hit, the singer-songwriter is just its creator and first performer, he has no control over how others will fix it. And the song's later life is quite another story.


USA, 1971

Cuba, 1996