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The 'Mayor of MacDougal Street'

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
04/20/2005

Dave Van Ronk was a founding father of the 1960s folk and blues revivals, but he was far more than that. For one thing, he was a marvelous raconteur, one of the funniest and most quotable figures on the Village scene. Musician and journalist Elijah Wald helped complete Dave Van Ronk's memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street. He joins Megan Sukys to remember the musical legend. Also in this hour, community visionary Trudy James and cooking with Greg Atkinson.



Today's Featured Music Selection: 'The Mayor of MacDougal Street - Rarities 1957-1969'
Dave Van Ronk was a monumental figure on the Greenwich Village folk scene of the fifties and sixties. His gruff, whiskey voice and brilliant guitar stylewere instantly distinctive and he ranged with ease from raw blues to gentle English ballads to the work of young friends like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. This album of previously unreleased tracks - a mix of concert, studio, and apartment recordings - traces his musical evolution and with it the growth of the folk revival from a small coterie of Village pickers into an international musical revolution. Along with some old favorites, it includes performances that are unlike anything on his other records, and will surprise even longtime fans. Dave was never an easy man to type, and this set expands our understanding of one of America's great musicians.

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  • At 2:05pm - 'The Mayor of MacDougal Street'
    Dave Van Ronk was a founding father of the 1960s folk and blues revivals, but he was far more than that. For one thing, he was a marvelous raconteur, one of the funniest and most quotable figures on the Village scene. His stories of the 50s and 60s scene, populated by legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Brownie McGhee, and then young friends like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Joni Mitchell, have a vibrant humor and keen insight unlike any other history of that period. Musician and journalist Elijah Wald helped complete Dave Van Ronk's memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street. He joins Megan Sukys to remember the musical legend.

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  • 'The Mayor of MacDougal Street'


  • At 2:33pm - Trudy James/'Many Voices, One Song'
    Trudy James is one of the community visionaries behind Multfaith Works. The Seattle organization provides housing and supportive services to people with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Multifaith Works also does community education projects related to issues of cultural diversity. She joins Dave Beck to talk about her life in community service and to preview the annual Multifaithworks concert called Many Voices, One Song. For the tenth year in a row the concert presented this week, will capture the artistry and energy of performers from diverse backgrounds.

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    The concert is this Thursday, April 21st, 7:00pm at Seattle First Baptist Church in Seattle's First Hill Neighborhood.

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  • At 2:50pm - Cooking Klatch with Greg Atkinson
    Greg Atkinson brings in some of his freshest recipes to highlight mint.

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