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Headdesk [Jan. 24th, 2015|10:30 am]
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I don't know whose idea it was that the audience for Sounds of the 60s would not be attracted to a programme about Peggy Seeger promoted on her own merits, but the trailer they broadcast began by telling us that all her life she has been surrounded by remarkable men: Woody Guthrie was a visitor to her parents' house, her half-brother was Pete Seeger, her husband...

And so on. She was, in short, "inspirational" - which is code for "interesting only for her part in other people's work."

In the background I could hear a voice defiantly singing "I'm gonna be an engineer!"
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[User Picture]From: gillpolack
2015-01-24 10:55 am (UTC)
The problem with defining as the shadow of a bunch of important men is that her own voice is pretty defiant.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-01-24 11:46 am (UTC)
The description of the program itself sounds OK, but someone clearly thought they had to sell it to us this way.
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[User Picture]From: gillpolack
2015-01-24 11:48 am (UTC)
I'm seeing a lot of that round right now, alongside a lot more racism and etc. If this is the pattern of the current decade, I would very much like some nice new protest voices to sing against it.
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[User Picture]From: la_marquise_de_
2015-01-24 11:10 am (UTC)
Argh. That is just.... Argh.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-01-24 11:47 am (UTC)
From the department of 'what *were* they thinking?'

Edited at 2015-01-24 11:47 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2015-01-24 12:02 pm (UTC)
I've been around the folk scene for years (decades) enough to have met a lot of powerful women.

Shame these programme makers don't seem to have met the same people I have without a man in sight.
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[User Picture]From: grondfic
2015-01-24 01:29 pm (UTC)
cmcmck -

Hope you don't mind - I Friended you on the grounds of fellow folk-sceners.

Edited at 2015-01-24 01:29 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-01-24 03:38 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard!
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[User Picture]From: grondfic
2015-01-24 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2015-01-25 11:23 am (UTC)
Not at all. I'll friend back as I keep my blog f-locked.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2015-01-24 07:32 pm (UTC)
all her life she has been surrounded by remarkable men: Woody Guthrie was a visitor to her parents' house, her half-brother was Pete Seeger, her husband...

Well, that's . . . no.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-01-25 10:32 am (UTC)
Exactly.
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