Here’s an lp from 1964 by the great folk/blues singer Dave Van Ronk. A major figure in the New-York folk scene of the early sixties and an inspiration for the young Bob Dylan, Van Ronk remained somewhat an outsider all his life and never gained popular success. A Singer with a strong voice, and a fine fingerpicking guitarist, he was one of the few white man who could sing the Blues with real passion and authenticity. New-Orleans jazz was his first musical love and he was the first one to play ragtime pieces on the guitar. During 40 years he stayed true to his music and beliefs, and his autobiography, “The mayor of Mac Dougall”, that he wrote with the help of Elijah Wald just before his death, is the finest and funniest portrait of Greenwich Village and the folk scene of the sixties ever written.
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