Terri Thal and Dave Van Ronk at their home at 190 Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, in August 1963 (Photo by Ann Charters, courtesy Terri Thal)
Moviemakers Joel and Ethan Coen have gone to great lengths to let us know that their new movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” is not about Greenwich Village folksinger Dave Van Ronk.
The movie, which has been making the rounds of film festivals throughout the year and started playing in major cities a couple of weeks ago, opens nationwide this Friday.
LEARN MORE about the real Dave Van Ronk
Terri Thal (© Martus Granirer 2013)
Check out the interview with Terri Thal I wrote for The Journal News. Thal, a Rockland County woman who was married to him during the period covered in the film, and don’t miss her first-person account for the Village Voice. And read Van Ronk’s memoir, “The Mayor of MacDougal Street.”
Yes, Llewyn Davis, as played wonderfully by actor and talented singer Oscar Isaac, affects a Van Ronk look of sorts with his facial hair. And yes, many people, me included, took to calling the flick in early days the “Dave Van Ronk movie.” (That probably was before it had gotten a formal title.) Continue reading →
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Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America’s Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013 is slated for release on Sept. 24.
A review of Live At Caffè Lena: Music From America’s Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013, with buying and streaming links after the jump
I’ve always meant to visit the legendary Caffè Lena, the tiny coffeehouse at 47 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Devonsquare, the sweet-harmonizing folk-rock trio, first piqued my curiosity about Lena and Bill Spencer’s cafe (or caffè, as they dubbed it, using two f’s) with their song “Caffè Lena” on the 1987 album Walking on Ice.
Caffè Lena was a place of mythical proportions to me then. For one reason or another, I never found myself in Saratoga Springs.
After all, I live close to The Turning Point in Piermont, N.Y., a music cafe that is, while 16 years younger than Caffè Lena, has a similar mission and musical profile.
And then there was the Towne Crier in Pawling, N.Y., from 1972 until closing in June with plans to reopen soon in Beacon. That gave me a backup option just a bit farther afield than The Turning Point.
So I never got myself motivated sufficiently to make the trek to Saratoga Springs.
I should have known I was missing out. And now the Tompkins Square record label has shoved into my face some very real evidence of exactly how much I’ve missed. Continue reading →
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