Filthy Pierre's Microfilk

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Filk Songbook
Title: Filthy Pierre's Microfilk
Editor(s): Erwin "Filthy Pierre" Strauss
Date(s): 1961-1983
Medium: Paper, PDF available
Size: Legal-size (8.5"x14"), double-sided
Language: English
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Microfilk is a collection of over 550 filksongs, printed on legal-sized paper in small text, and distributed with a magnifying glass. It was assembled by Erwin "Filthy Pierre" Strauss, and was very popular as the "everything filk" collection in some fannish communities. (Not that anyone thought it was literally everything, but it was the "here, you need this; there's enough to get you started and keep you going for a good long time" intro-to-filk thing. Many/most were folded into the later NESFA Hymnal.

It is 63 pages long, 14 of which are indexes, which are sorted by tune, title, subject, and author. It includes chords for some songs, with detailed instructions on how to read them. (How to encode music in plaintext formats has been an ongoing struggle for online filk communities.)

A PDF and partial XML of the index were released online in late 2009.[1]


  1. ^ Filthy Pierre's Microfilk - Now online, posted 12-25-2009, ref'd Mar 6 2011.