O Brother, What Next?: Making Sense of the Folk Fad

  title={O Brother, What Next?: Making Sense of the Folk Fad},
  author={Benjamin P. Filene},
  journal={Southern Cultures},
  pages={50 - 69}
  • Benjamin P. Filene
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • Southern Cultures
  • After O Brother, Where Art Thou? spurred a surge of interest in all things folk, I got calls from friends coast to coast. Since I wrote a book about folk revivalism, they assumed I’d be thrilled to see that the film and soundtrack had once again sparked interest in traditional music. I watched the movie; I listened to the soundtrack album; I read the breathless testimonials from the new folk fans. But the whole thing left me grumpy. Recently, I’ve been trying to figure out why. 
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