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Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013

The Coen brothers revisit a lost time in music

Folksinger Llewyn Davis leans into the dim spotlight shining down onto the stage, playing guitar with homespun eloquence
12.10.2013 | | Posted at 10:56 AM

The Mayor of MacDougal Street out in paperback

By David Luhrssen
   Much has been made of the connection between the Coen Brothers’ new film Inside Llewyn Davis and Dave Van Ronk’s autobiography, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. To set things straight: the fictitious folksinger at the heart of the film is not a stand-in for Van Ronk, who was a much more prominent fixture in the Greenwich Village folk revival than the movie’s bea...
11.17.2013 | | Posted at 08:33 AM
By David Luhrssen
  The Coen Brothers’ forthcoming film set in the early ‘60s Greenwich Village folk scene, Inside Llewyn Davis, is loosely drawn from the autobiography of one of that scene’s leading lights. Dave Van Ronk’s The Mayor of MacDougal Street provided the Coens with ideas for characters and scenarios. Van Ronk was center stage during the folk-blues revival, one of the or...