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What is Filk?

If you're like a lot of people when they first hear about this sort of thing, you're wondering, "what the heck IS this stuff? Isn't "filk" a typo?" Well... in the purest sense, yes, I suppose it is. Or that's how it started out. Now, the word really does have a meaning all its own. Some of these links will help explain things. If you find other resources and wish us to include them here, feel free to contact us and let us know! My e-mail address is at the bottom of this page. Thanks!

Here are just a few definitions of the word "FILK".

Debbie Ridpath Ohi's Dandelion Report Definition
M.A.S.S.F.I.L.C. definition
Glenn Arthur's Definition
Solomon Davidoff's Definition
Greg McMullan's Filk History Project
History Of Filk by Lee Gold
Interfilk's collection of definitions
Jordin Kare's definition, courtesy Interfilk website.
What The Heck Is Filk Music by Nick Smith
Paul Shuch's definition
Tom Smith's definition Mike Liebmann's definition.

You might also want to check the newsgroup, but you should read Kay Shapero's Filk FAQ before posting anything.

Here are some general sources of filk information:

Filk Primary Source List:
A list of original sources of filk songs

Kay Shapero's Filk FAQ:
Definitions and guidelines to posting on the filk newsgroups.

The Dandelion Report:
An information resource for and about filkers.

Some filk music archives:

SF References in Music:
by Rich Kulawiec.

The Virtual Filksing:
Compiled by Eli Goldberg.


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