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lets define it....
And then I can make sure I'm giving it as wide a berth as possible.
singing about living in cities
i thought it was more people who have an interesting slant on that whole singer songwriter /acoustic thing....amd they may sing about anything even the colour of trees or downloading porn(see moldy peaches)
It's basically just a group of songwriters who don't really fit in with conventional defintions of "folk" music. It's important to realise this means "folk" in a US sense, far more than the British people with beards and jumpers singing about newts sense.
It basically started as a proteste early 80s about how "folk" in the US had become a very staid, commercialised and bland genre (which is less the case these days) and was basically trying to get back to the roots of folk music (i.e. the idea of anyone with anything to say getting on stage writing and singing songs about their lives with scant regard for music and singing ability)
Attempts to "define" antifolk always fail for the simple reason that it's more a group of musicians (first in NY and then later in the UK and elsewhere) with a similar ethic hanging out together and playing gigs with each other. There isn't really a "genre" element involved so any defintion with inevitably fail.
Nowadays lots of things are described as "antifolk" but in a way it's a bit of a nonsense as, as I say, it's never been a word to describe a particular kind of music.
its cool to be folk now ...isnt it?
as part of a scurrilous plan to secure attention from the NME!
But it's a lie I quite like. Keep spreading it!
it all sounds like acoustic guitars to me.
More distorted bass, jumping off speaker stacks and songs about driving monster trucks off cliffs please.
Folk with a diffrent hair cut?