Political protest and priceless guitars

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Political protest and priceless guitars

Post  pinhedz on Wed May 18, 2016 3:38 am

Topical songs have been a part of political activism and protest since the days of Woody Guthrie and the Almanac Singers. The instruments--called "folk" during 1960s folk scare--were associated with a particular social class: the common people rather than the elite, which (supposedly) increased the appeal to the common people. In any case the instruments had political significance for student activists and Greenwich-Village coffee-house habitués in the 1960s.

The musical instruments they played might not have been highly regarded at the time, but now some of those same instruments (ironically) are practically priceless. Didn't Joan Baez start out with a vintage C.F. Martin more than 50 years ago, and isn't it the same instrument she's picking today?

I think I remember her singing Bob Dylan's political protest songs with this back in the 60s:

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