The title's only purpose was to sell books.
Which, I don't think happened in any great numbers.
The only people who care about this stuff now is us, and we don't need a book to tell us what happened.
It's very unfortunate that when we all die...what happened will go with us.
I could say... this is how life is...but, it's how death is.
(Death makes no sense to me. I think it's wasteful.)
Think of this book in these terms: If Ken Burns did a documentary on folk music, and he needed a blueprint for his film, he would have to look no further … Dick’s book would be perfect for him.
Again, let me make this clear. This book traces the history of folk music in the U.S. It’s not just about the 1960s, although this is what he concentrates on.
This book came out in 2005. I don’t remember what the hardcover version sold for, but it was more than I can spend. Now, you can buy a used version for about $8.00.
The one I got is a former library copy, and it is in excellent condition.
You should get this book just to know where we fit in the history of this kind of music.
You will find it to be interesting.
And, worth every penny of the $8.00 you’ll have to spend to get it.
BTW, I see no reason to pay more for the soft cover version.
Dick offers many opinions that you may or may not go along with.
I’d call it an academic kinda book since Dick is a retired music professor.
To me, it’s a history book with some opinions thrown in for good measure.
He makes it pretty clear that, as a person, Bob Dylan is a real….shitass.
At least he was in his younger days…and why would he change?
Hardly any attention is given to The Kingston Trio.
Dick is partial to banjo players.
You should get this book to see what you were/are a part of.
I skimmed it.
But, I rarely read a book cover-to-cover.
What I was really impressed by, in Ken Burns documentary on Country Music was that he was able to tell what this music means to people.
He did this through his actors.
Who are country music artists.
They told this from a fan’s perspective.
All of these people were fans of country music before they became stars and this hasn’t changed.
What I found most interesting …. was that what they said about country music is exactly what we would say about our brand of folk music.
However, now, there is one major difference.
Folk music as we knew/know it is dead.
It died with John Denver … I belive.
Even though he has the Grammys to prove it … I don’t believe that John Denver was a country music artist.
He was someone that country music fans liked.
Also, I don’t think John Denver was much of a folk singer.
John was as much of a folk singer as the Kingston Trio were/was folk singers.
Pete Seeger is the only person I know of who gained real popularity as a folk singer.
Interestingly, this didn’t come until AFTER Dick wrote his book.
I believe that the music we all like had its roots in folk music, mainly from The Weavers, who weren’t folk singers.
The groups we like did some real folk songs, but they weren’t folk singers.
A few were, sure, but not many.
I’d call Tom Paxton a modern day folk singer.
Anyone who wrote a song about 9/11 is a modern day folk singer in my book.
By writing Blowing In The Wind…Dylan became a folk singer.
There are no clear cut rules on this.
Your opinion is as good as mine, and maybe better.
I believe that the point of it all is that … during the late 1950s and through the mid 1960s
Acoustic music that had great meaning was popular.
There were those who were into it because it was popular at the time……
And, there are those who found real meaning in it…it resonated with them …
And, it still does.
Among these people ….there were/are some who got to be actual friends with the stars of this era.
Some of them, anyway. Stars I mean …like Bob, Nick, and John.
Ever wonder why Dave had no friends …hardly any to speak of … I mean.
I don’t think John Denver had any friends.
Maybe a few … but not many.
I believe he was screwed up in the head for a long time, but was beginning to get his head on straight when he died, unfortunately.
Get the book…it will keep you busy for at least a half hour.
Maybe 45 minutes.