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Legends of Folk: The Village Scene

4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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In the '60s, Greenwich Village was the epicenter of the folk movement that redefined American music on a global scale. Hosted by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary, the film features esteemed artists performing their most memorable songs in the prime of their careers. Vintage performances include Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez, Neil Diamond and others. Produced by Emmy-winning filmmaker Jim Brown, Legends Of Folk features full-length songs by the iconic artists of the era.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Time Life Records
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007DIP7BO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Legends of Folk. The Village Scene.

This DVD lets us see again the youthful faces of the folk singers who sang the folk songs that most of us remember. Thankfully these performances were filmed and not just recorded as audio records. This TIME-LIFE collection contains seventeen hit recordings, plus two throwaway songs by Peter Yarrow (Deep Blue Sea), and John Cohen (Black Jack Daisy), and an hour or so of interviews with John Cohen, Don McLean, Maria Muldaur, Tom Paxton, Michelle Phillips, John Sebastian, and Peter Yarrow. These trivia interviews are rather yawn producing, and are best handled by viewing them between coffee breaks to keep you from dozing off. Some of the songs are closer to rock than folk, but all the songs on the main part of the DVD are hits, not misses. Starting with "If I Had A Hammer", by Peter Paul and Mary, and ending with "California Dreamin'", by The Mamas & The Papas, the great folk songs just keep on coming. I kept wishing that the hit songs on the main part of the DVD would never end. There is a lot more song material out there that could have been included. This DVD only scratched the surface of what could have been a multiple DVD collection.
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I am a child of the 50's - 60s and loved this music. I was thrilled when I found this release. So many from those days appear. My favorite the Chad Mitchel Trio among them. This set lets you re-live the days of campus concerts, life in New York's Greenwich Village. My only faulting is that there isn't enough time or disc space for even more of those wonderful performers and groups of the American Folk Music movement. Back "in the day" these people were the touchstones of American conscience and help start a discourse that helped change the American Cultural landscape of the 60's forever.
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Baby Boomers will obviously drool over the considerable youthful talent from a number of artists featured on this video, who later became household names (either as sole artists or band members) that changed our taste in music. The transformation of lifestyle and social concerns that swept the world during this time is captured almost unintentionally on these video clips. Any fan of 60's & 70's music would do well to view this historic chronicle of some of music's greatest song writers and performers.
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I brought this for my father because he would like to watch some folk song video, cos the CD's are way over priced (I think). He was so excited to open up the package when he received. But after 5 min of search on the DVD screen. He told me that it talks, talks , and talks , and talks, and talks than one small part of music/ songs.
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The video was a truly wonderful recast of the early days of folk music in the 50's-60's. Watching the music grow up in the Village and seeing clips of original performances was wonderful.. The contrast between old clips and current commentsry was very informative.
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This video is astonishingly good considering its failure to include one of the 2 or 3 most important personalities of the Folk Movement, namely Dave Van Ronk, "The Mayor of MacDougal Street." Bob Dylan, I'm sure, would agree about his friend Dave's status. But wait! Dave isn't actually omitted. The prominence of his absence must have been noticed toward the end. Anyway, a few third-rate seconds of Van Ronk were then installed. I docked the video one or two stars for its Van Ronk bungle. You, however, may not care as much as I did.
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Enjoyable with some very good interviews and songs, although to label this film "Legends of Folk" isn't exactly accurate. A number of seminal figures in the Greenwich Village scene were barely mentioned or skipped altogether. However, well worth a look and gives an insight into that whole happening.
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I already knew a lot about folk music, but I learned an immense amount from this How the Village in New York City was the epicenter in the early 60's, and how many major artists started there. A mix of documentary and performances. If you are into 60's era Folk Music, you need this one. .
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