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02.28.2014 | | Posted at 09:20 AM

For the Love of Music Visits Birthplace of an Era

By David Luhrssen
  Greenwich Village tends to get all the credit for the folk-blues revival of the 1950s and early ‘60s, the Inside Llewyn Davis scene that nurtured Bob Dylan and other great talents of the era. But as shown in the documentary For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival, Cambridge, Mass. was also crucial. A tiny venue down the street from Harvard Square, Club 47 op...
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

Looking Back on the Great and the Good

 I don’t call my picks of the year the “best,” but I do play favorites. To any critic compiling a “best-of” list, I demand: define “best.” Most can’t define anything at all, including their criteria for choosing the year’s top movies. I don’t pretend to know what’s best but I can measure the ability of films
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...