Tag: Folk Music

Izzy Young, Who Presided Over the Folk Revival, Dies at 90

Izzy Young, whose Greenwich Village shop, the Folklore Center, was the beating heart of the midcentury folk music revival — and who in 1961 presented the first New York concert by a young Bob Dylan — died on Monday at his home in Stockholm. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Philomène […]

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Jacqueline Steiner, 94, Lyricist Who Left Charlie on the M.T.A., Dies

From those first banjo licks, Bostonians know what’s coming: “Let me tell you the story of a man named Charlie. …” As sure as the train is roaring down the tracks, it’s the cautionary tale of Charlie, the Everyman who gets caught up in Boston’s soul-crushing subway system, whence he will never return. Jacqueline Steiner, […]

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Drink Up at the Booze History Museum of Staten Island

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Upon arrival at the Booze History Museum in Staten Island, visitors are treated to what Lev Mezhburd, the museum’s founder, director, curator and tour guide, calls a “disinfection.” “The items in the museum are very sensitive,” Mr. Mezhburd said. […]

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Admiration Society: How an American Guitarist Inspired a Japanese Folk Legend to Play Again

The American musician Steve Gunn first heard of Sachiko Kanenobu a few years ago, when, at the advice of friends, he listened to her debut album “Misora,” recorded in Tokyo in 1972. Gunn, 41, is best known for his neo-folk guitar playing (and as a former member of Kurt Vile’s backing band, the Violators) and […]

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Grammy Nominee Brandi Carlile Has ‘Never Won Anything, Not Even a Karaoke Contest’

Since 2005, the folk and Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has quietly put out albums that are well-received by critics and her fairly modest fan base — Barack Obama included — and that was enough for her. She landed the occasional song on a big soundtrack, and in 2015 she was nominated for her first Grammy, […]

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Kendrick Lamar Leads 2019 Grammy Nominees, and Women Dominate Major Categories

The rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards announced Friday, but right behind them is a crop of young and less heralded artists, notably women, after years of friction about diversity, including a major dust-up over gender representation after the last ceremony. The Instagram star turned […]

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Rosalía: The Pop Star Bringing Flamenco to a New Generation

MADRID — Plaza de Colón is a significant place for flamenco fans. The square in Madrid is where the funeral procession for one of the genre’s most celebrated artists, Lola Flores, began in 1995, and it is where many of the city’s major flamenco events take place. It was also here, in late October, that […]

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Critic’s Notebook: On ‘More Blood, More Tracks,’ Familiar Bob Dylan Songs Cut Closer to the Bone

Bob Dylan had crucial second thoughts just as he was about to release “Blood on the Tracks,” the indelible 1975 album filled with songs of separation, heartache, sorrow, rage and regret. Now it’s getting a revealing close-up. “More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14,” due Friday, unveils all of the initial sessions: the […]

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Readers’ Favorite Protest Songs: A Call to Make Some Noise

ImageJoan Baez and Bob Dylan at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1963. CreditAssociated Press What songs spur you to political action? In “Them’s Fightin’ Words: 10 Great Protest Songs,” Loudon Wainwright III, the singer-songwriter, reminisces about traveling to Newport, R.I., as a teenager to hear Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez rouse the crowd. […]

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Them’s Fightin’ Words: 10 Great Protest Songs

Political persuasion is rarely friendly, and there will be lots more yelling, blaming, placard-waving and marching before we get to the November midterm elections. But I hope there will be some fervent singing as well — maybe even some of what used to be called protest songs. I think of 16-year-old me in 1963, hitchhiking […]

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Critic’s Notebook: For Paul Simon and Joan Baez, Farewells Reckon With Past and Present

Mr. Simon, who has insisted that he is retiring from touring but not songwriting or performing, chose his farewell venue precisely: near the Unisphere, a symbol of 1960s global optimism, in the largest park in Queens. Mr. Simon was born in New Jersey but grew up in Queens, and he was grinning well before he […]

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