Archive for February, 2013

Scholarly Source #5- Discovering Authenticity?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

In an article written by Rory Crutchfield, he examines how folk music from the 1920’s-30’s was introuduced to the mainstream America. The major point that the essay brings up is the notion of authenticity in music, the major selling aspect of folk music Crutchfield claims. As what Dylan would do in the 60’s with influences such as Woody Gutherie and Leadbelly, studio agents would do with the folk music of the the 1920’s. Interestingly, the same pattern occurred. Studios realized that a major selling point of music was the level of its authenticity. Folk songs have always been an integral part of American culture and its un-produced and raw qualities were the genres biggest asset.

In understanding why this may apply to Simon and Garfunkel, one does not need to look to far. The sounds that Simon and Garfunkel produced throughout their entire music career were entirely their own, met with both positive and negative reviews. When it comes to Crutchfield’s argument, we can see that this is relevant in the case of Bookends. Combining folk elements with harmonic lyrics, the authenticity of the two in undeniable. This may help explain why the music of Simon and Garfunkel has lasted and remained popular, even since the two split up to pursue separate interests. 

Crutchfield, Rory. 2009. “Discovering authenticity?: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music." Popular Music History 4, no. 1: 5-21.

Scholarly Source #5- Discovering Authenticity?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

In an article written by Rory Crutchfield, he examines how folk music from the 1920’s-30’s was introuduced to the mainstream America. The major point that the essay brings up is the notion of authenticity in music, the major selling aspect of folk music Crutchfield claims. As what Dylan would do in the 60’s with influences such as Woody Gutherie and Leadbelly, studio agents would do with the folk music of the the 1920’s. Interestingly, the same pattern occurred. Studios realized that a major selling point of music was the level of its authenticity. Folk songs have always been an integral part of American culture and its un-produced and raw qualities were the genres biggest asset.

In understanding why this may apply to Simon and Garfunkel, one does not need to look to far. The sounds that Simon and Garfunkel produced throughout their entire music career were entirely their own, met with both positive and negative reviews. When it comes to Crutchfield’s argument, we can see that this is relevant in the case of Bookends. Combining folk elements with harmonic lyrics, the authenticity of the two in undeniable. This may help explain why the music of Simon and Garfunkel has lasted and remained popular, even since the two split up to pursue separate interests. 

Crutchfield, Rory. 2009. “Discovering authenticity?: Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music." Popular Music History 4, no. 1: 5-21.

Paul Simon with George Harrison on SNL in 1976. A clear…

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Paul Simon with George Harrison on SNL in 1976. A clear indication of Simon's success as an artist. 

Paul Simon with George Harrison on SNL in 1976. A clear…

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Paul Simon with George Harrison on SNL in 1976. A clear indication of Simon’s success as an artist. 

S&G- At The Zoo, 1967

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


S&G- At The Zoo, 1967

Simon and Garfunkel @ allmusic

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Simon and Garfunkel @ allmusic:

An incredibly informative website with editor/user reviews of all the albums produced by S&G. Bookends is the second highest rated album on the site, only behind Bridge Over Troubled Water.

S&G- At The Zoo, 1967

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


S&G- At The Zoo, 1967

Simon and Garfunkel @ allmusic

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Simon and Garfunkel @ allmusic:

An incredibly informative website with editor/user reviews of all the albums produced by S&G. Bookends is the second highest rated album on the site, only behind Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


life-as-a-hobby: There’s nothing like the Original 1967 vinyl.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


life-as-a-hobby:

There’s nothing like the Original 1967 vinyl.