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The Mayor of Macdougal Street A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Dave/ Wald Van Ronk Foreword By:  Lawrence Block
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 030681479X
ISBN-13: 9780306814792
Sku: 202095337
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  246
Age Range:  NA
 
*Author: Van Ronk, Dave/ Wald, Elijah/ Block, Lawrence (FRW) *Subtitle: A Memoir *Publication Date: 2006/03/06 *Number of Pages: 246 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.75
From the Publisher:
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. Colorful, hilarious, and engaging, The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a feast for anyone interested in the music, politics, and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture
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Singer, songwriter, folk revivalist, and masterly guitarist Dave Van Ronk's autobiography, THE MAYOR OF MACDOUGAL STREET, is a vivid letter from 1950s and early-'60s Greenwich Village. Here, in 1959, just before the young Bob Dylan's arrival on the scene (as described in Dylan's CHRONICLES), an apartment rents for $90 a month, and the cafes and clubs are alive with jazz, folk music, and political intrigue. But Van Ronk is no nostalgia freak: in his Village it's hard to earn enough to keep body and soul together. Beat poetry is on the rise, and folk musicians are often only employed to drive away overstaying audiences, which often consist of curious tourists there solely to see the beatniks. With no commercial ax to grind or legend to burnish, the perennially discovered Van Ronk is an impressive cultural historian. MACDOUGAL STREET would be a riveting memoir even if it didn't contain priceless nuggets on the formative years of music legends of the '50s and '60s like Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan. Van Ronk's recollections of the lesser-known but no less vital characters on the scene, as well as his decoding of the complexities of early-'60s Village musical, social, and political life, make it essential.
Author Bio
Lawrence Block
Lawrence Block began writing at an early age, and published his first book--a softcore sex novel--at the age of 19 while still a student at Antioch College. Block moved on to much greater achievements with mysteries featuring such sleuths as the spy, Evan Tanner, who can't sleep after an accident destroyed part of his brain, detective Bernie Rhodenbarr, and ex-cop Matt Scudder. He showed his darker side in a series of novels published under the pseudonym Paul Kavanaugh, and
demonstrated his versatility with noir thrillers like "Such Men Are Dangerous" (1969). He has won two Shamus Awards, two Edgar Awards, and a Nero Wolfe Award.

Lawrence Block is a highly respected mystery novel author. In addition, he has served as a fiction-writing instructor, leading a seminar and writing several books of advice and a steady column in Writer's Digest on the subject. He himself began writing at an early age, and, using a pseudonym, published his first book--a soft porn novel--while he was still a college student. In 1961, Block used his own name to write his first mystery novel, DEATH PULLS A DOUBLE CROSS. He is probably best known for three characters, each with his own series: the spy Evan Tanner, who can't sleep after an accident destroyed part of his brain, gentleman burglar/amateur sleuth Bernie Rhodenbarr, and troubled ex-cop Matt Scudder. He showed his darker side in a series of novels published under the name Paul Kavanaugh, and demonstrated his versatility with noir thrillers like SUCH MEN ARE DANGEROUS (1969). Block was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and is only the third American to have received a Cartier Diamond Dagger Award from the British Crime Writers' Association. In addition, he has won two Shamus Awards, two Edgar Awards, and a Nero Wolfe Award.

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"Van Ronk bestrews his pages with sharp, intelligent asides.... A must for those with an interest in the music, and of great appeal as well for anyone who enjoys a roistering life story recounted in a lively narrative voice." 03/15/2005

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"[A] very readable last will and testament...." 6/30/2005

New York Times Book Review
"Van Ronk makes no secret of his curmudgeonly tendencies, and as a narrator he proves to be a most endearing and gregarious grouch....[A] genial and picaresque ramble." 07/03/2005

Booklist
"A richly evocative paean to a lost era." 05/15/2005

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Product attributePublisher:   Da Capo Press
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