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What is Filk?

To the left are several points of view which talk about the history and to try and answer the question of: "what is filk"

Welcome Filk 101 and Filk History


Index

Overview
Filk Q & A
Archive: Filk.com Newsletter for 10/1/07

Histories & Personal Stories
What the heck is filk music? by Nick Smith
History of Filk
by Lee Gold
Poker Chip Bardic by Lee Gold
Filk: The Music of Fandom: By Tom Smith

FILK 101 Index
1. What is Filk?
2. What Goes On at a Filksing
3. What is a House Filk?
Appendix A: Glossary of Filk Words
Appendix B: Inside Jokes in Filk
Appendix C: Who's Who: Famous Filker

 


FILK Q & A:

 

WHAT IS FILK MUSIC?

Nothing can start an argument faster than trying to answer this question. The simplest definition is that FILK = Science Fiction folk music. It is a mixture of song parodies and original music, humorous and serious, about subjects like science fiction, fantasy, computers, cats, politics, the space program, books, movies, TV shows, love, war, death. . . You get the idea.


WHY CALL IT FILK?

Filk comes from a typo graphical error replacing the letter O in folk with the letter I (fOlk - fIlk). This famous typo happen in the late 1950s by Lee Jacobs.


WHY KEEP CALLING IT FILK?

After a few years the typo caught on as a way to distinguish folk music coming out of the Science Fiction community from music coming from other sources. Also no better name has yet to be found.


HOW OLD IS FILK MUSIC?

Parody songs have been around as long as people have been singing songs. What we now would consider filks songs started at many of the first Science Fiction contentions (back in the 1920's ?). For the longest time filks were just being sung in room parties at conventions with no structure or organization. It wasn't until the late 1960's did filk music move into having it's own organizations and function space area. Granted in the early days the function space was what ever filker's could find, Hotel lobbies, lady's rest rooms, and alike. But it was separate from room parties. The first convention dedicated exclusively to Filk music was held during the mid 1980's and now there are filk music conventions held around the world.


WHERE CAN I HERE LIVE FILK MUSIC?

The only place where you can regularly hear live filk music is at a fan-run Science Fiction convention. There are some cites which have monthly house run filksings. There are also several Filk Music conventions held around the world.

WHERE CAN I BUY FILK MUSIC?

The bad new is that it is next to impossible to find Filk Music in a music or record store. The Good news is that you can buy tapes and CDs right here off this web site!! Check out our on-line catalog. You can also often find a filk dealer at a Science Fiction convention.


WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT FILKING?

You can check out the filking 101 pages and other pages on the here on the web site and checkout other people's web sites on our links page.

Why don't you update filking 101?

For several reasons but mainly to really update filking 101 it would take a massive amount of time and I simply don't have it. If anyone wants to take a shot at it please contact me. -- Eric

ISN'T THERE FILK FAQ?

There is a FAQ for rec.art.filk which is maintained by Kay Shapero. Which contains LOTS of filk information partially about filk on the net. You can find it at http://www.kayshapero.net/filkfaq.htm

DIDN'T YOU ORIGINALLY CALL THIS PAGE FILK FAQ?
You caught me. At one time I did call this page FILK FAQ, but changed it to FILK Q&A in order that there be not confusion between this page and Kay Shapero's page.


WHAT IS INTERFILK?

Interfilk is a fan fund. Most fan funds raise funds to transport a fan chosen from among fans to a convention that they would not normally attend. In our case we raise funds from filk fans to transport members of the filk community who have something special to share

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