The Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition]

The Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition] : A Memoir

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Dave van ronk (1936-2002) was not only one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk music revival he was a pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of his era. He was also a marvellous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures in The Village. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a unique firsthand account of the sixties folk scene that includes encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and older luminaries like Woody Guthrie and Odetta. colourful, hilarious, and engaging, The Mayor of MacDougal Street will appeal not only to folk and blues fans but also to anyone interested in the music, politics, and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 18mm | 280g
  • Da Capo Press Inc
  • Cambridge, MA, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 8 pages b/w photos
  • 0306822164
  • 9780306822162
  • 102,925

About Elijah Wald

In the course of his forty-year career, Dave Van Ronk recorded more than two dozen albums, toured on four continents, was nominated for two Grammys, and received an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award.Coauthor Elijah Wald wrote the acclaimed study of the myth, music, and life of blues legend Robert Johnson, Escaping the Delta. He also wrote the biography Josh White: Society Blues as well as Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas. A musician and journalist, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Praise for "The Mayor of MacDougal Street", 9/30/13 [A] wonderful memoir. "Slate, " 12/2/13 Your best guide when it comes to Inside Llewyn Davisapart from what follows, of courseis Van Ronk s posthumous memoir, "The Mayor of MacDougal Street." "New York Times," 11/30/13 [A] sharp cantankerous memoir. The Culture Trip, 4/1/16 Gives the play-by-play for a musical movement that was humble in origin, but huge in populous fervor. Woody Guthrie; Joan Baez; Pete Seeger; Richie Havens; Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary; plus dozens more, they all live and breathe within these pagesOne of folk s unsung heroes, Van Ronk mixes poetry and revolution, rolled into a posthumously released autobiography as much a history of the Village, and the folk venues that made it famous, as the life story of its Mayor. "
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