9780306814792

The Mayor of Macdougal Street: A Memoir

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  • ISBN13:

    9780306814792

  • ISBN10:

    030681479X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-03-06
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
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Summary

Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the '60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene.The Mayor of MacDougal Streetis a first-hand account by a major player in the social and musical history of the '50s and '60s. It features encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Joni Mitchell, as well as older luminaries like Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Odetta. Colorful, hilarious, and engaging,The Mayor of MacDougal Streetis a feast for anyone interested in the music, politics, and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture

Author Biography

Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the '60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a first-hand account by a major player in the social and musical history of the '50s and '60s. It features encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Joni Mitchell, as well as older luminaries like Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Odetta. Elijah Wald wrote the acclaimed study of blues legend Robert Johnson, Escaping the Delta. He also wrote the biography Josh White: Society Blues and Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword: Back in the Day xi
Lawrence Block
Prehistory: Youth in the Outer Boroughs
1(12)
Jazz Days
13(14)
Folk Roots and Libertarian Anarchy
27(14)
Washington Square and Beyond
41(20)
The Guild and Caravan
61(16)
Where the Real Money Was
77(6)
Friends and Recordings
83(16)
Lewis and Clark Revisited
99(14)
California
113(12)
The Commons and Gary Davis
125(16)
The Gaslight
141(16)
Changing of the Guard
157(22)
The Blues Revival
179(16)
The New Song Revolution
195(16)
The Waning Days of Babylon
211(14)
Last Call
225(2)
Afterword 227(6)
Elijah Wald
Index 233

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