"A hulking raconteur and iconoclast, [Van Rock] fondly captures the spirit of the times." -- Q Magazine, June 2006
"A wise and very funny book." -- The New Yorker, 9/04/06
"Filled with amusing, colourful anecdotes." -- Chart, June 2006
"[An] infectious and friendly memoir... Conversational and lighthearted... An enjoyable and informative read." -- Alt.Culture.Guide, July 2006
About the Author
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.