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"A great history of the classic 1960s Boston folk scene by two of those who made it classic."―New England Folk Waves

"A lavish, comprehensive portrait of a particular place and time that shaped so much of the folk scene community today. . . . A masterpiece of oral history [that] demands a position on any folkie's must read list."―Folk Alliance Newsletter

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Eric von Schmidt, who died in 2007, was a singer-songwriter, painter, and graphic artist. He recorded seven solo albums and was the author of four children’s books.

Author of Bossmen: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters, Jim Rooney is a music producer who has worked with Nanci Griffith, John Prine, Iris De Ment, Tom Paxton, Hal Ketchum, and others. In the early 1960s he managed the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge and was a director and talent coordinator of the Newport Folk Festival.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press; second edition edition (June 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870239252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870239250
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By luedke@volpe3.dot.gov on January 15, 1998
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R. Serge Denisoff, editor of Popular Music and Society, called this oral history seriously flawed, noting that the persons quoted are not always properly identified, and their statements (at least one of them wrong) are occasionally presented unquoted, as fact. My own gripe, which applies to so many miserable books on popular music, is: Here's a wonderful, rich account, chock-full of hundreds of names, and no index to let ya locate 'em again. Nevertheless, for any folkie, it's an absolute must-have, which defrosts the legendary goings-on behind the Cambridge, MA folk scene of the '50s and '60s, written by one of the hoariest veterans of the era. The jam-packed, previously unpublished photos are alone worth the price, and their captions are creative ditties. And, if that wispy, natural, 1960's brand of beauty -- facial, bodily, and musical -- affect you viscerally, get ready to be re-affected.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2002
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It was after reading this that I started raiding the used record stores around town, and began being a collector and appreciator of this musical genre. I fell in love with Joan Baez' music, as well and that of Richard & Mimi, Tom Rush, Kweskin, Eric Andersen, and so on; whereas before I'd not traveled further in this direction than Dylan, 'folk rock', and a little bit of Joni Mitchell.
It's very seldom that a writer can make you feel like you were there, but these guys did it for me, even 35 years further down the road.
A very passionate, and fulfilling reading [and learning] experience!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chris Yeager on December 10, 2001
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Many books get the history of these times right, but so few get.... the wildness. This one gets it right, and with these authors, why shouldnt it? If only for a model on how to write the story of YOUR music scene, you just gotta have this book. Period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shifra on August 22, 2013
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This book illuminated the details and nuances in the 60's folk scene, especially in Cambridge. As an aging middle-ager who loved 60's folk music, I love the book as a reference and a trigger of memories as much as anything else!
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