Music: The Folk-Girls

It is not absolutely essential to have hair hanging to the waist—but it helps.

Other aids: no lipstick, flat shoes, a guitar.

So equipped, almost any enterprising girl can begin a career as a folk singer.

Enough already have to make them a fixture of current U.S. college life—like the "A" student and the Goldwater button. What most of the singers have in common is their age (early 20s) and their scorn of the "commercial." What separates them is the quality of their talent.

The best rank among the world's top folk singers; the worst...

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