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During his visit, Fahey succeeded in greatly impressing me by picking out an old blues by Little Hat Jones, and demonstrating Charley Patton's masterpiece, 'Down the Dirt Road', which I subsequently set about copying. In my 19-year-old neophyte's eyes, any guitarist who could approximate a vintage blues accompaniment was a virtuoso; only six or seven players in the entire country applied themselves to such pieces - Stephen Calt on the state of blues guitar in the early 1960s, from A Fahey Memoir (unpublished)

Author Topic: How John Cohen Found Folk Music  (Read 749 times)

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Offline jostber

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How John Cohen Found Folk Music
« on: December 07, 2010, 01:13:26 PM »
A recent article in The Jewish Daily on John Cohen:

http://www.forward.com/articles/133534/#ixzz17OR9lyrs




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Re: How John Cohen Found Folk Music
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010, 08:50:23 PM »
John was my professor (of Folklore) at SUNY Purchase in the early seventies. What can you say about someone who hung with Holcomb. Kerouac & DeKooning? Good article.
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Re: How John Cohen Found Folk Music
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010, 08:57:22 PM »
Btw the newspaper is called the Jewish Daily FORWARD (pronounced Fawrvitz by many of its readers) and is known for among other things publishing the long running advice column written by future Nobel laureate for literature Isaac Bashevis Singer. It was/is left leaning and was a lifeline for many newly arrived Jewish immigrants in the early years of the twentieth century. It was only published in Yiddish until twenty years ago or so.
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)

http://www.youtube.com/user/MuckOVision

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