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Folk Music


In American culture, folk music refers to the American folk music revival, music exemplified by such musicians as Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and Joan Baez, who popularized and encouraged the lyrical style in the 1950s and 1960s. Folk music can also describe a particular kind of popular music which is based on traditional music. Related genres include Folk rock, Electric folk and Progressive folk music.

The original meaning of the term "folk music" was synonymous with the term "Traditional music", also often including World Music and Roots music; the term "Traditional music" was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the other definitions that "Folk music" is now considered to encompass. Countries throughout the world have their own folk music - such "world folk music" is not presented in this genre, but is instead presented within the various other world music genres found on this site. This genre here focuses primarily on American folk music.
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