Looked thru and read the New Posts you added and really enjoyed being taken back to the early times by your pen when in actuality I was somewhere else (behind chicken wire) playing the knock down drag em' out bars and roadhouses of the one nighter country circuit . Really Great Writing Bob as well an Excellent memory .
Like everyone else who had Other things to do back then I sometimes THINK I regret not chasing my first love and follow BUT, trouble was, I wasn't a follower .....
I'll be in touch so Til' then Bob,,,,, STAY IN TUNE
No, in Fife, Scotland though she travels a lot. Her agent is in NYC.
Send me an address and I'll send a book. Pls advise asap of the date of Mike's death - need to add it to the chronology in my update of the Shelton. Thx - and glad you like my idea - great title, no!
Good to hear from you - if you can find any photos of Shelton in Gerde's I'd be very appreciative. The piece I wrote which your Grandfather liked was in Conclusions on the Wall (1982), edited by me for the Dylan Convention in Manchester at which Mike spoke. I wrote it from cuttings etc from Bob S and Mike told me he liked it very much - it was chatty but not faux Italian. Mitch Blank has a copy of the book but I can mail one or bring one next time I come over.
Are you involved the the Greenwich Village music fest? Because I've been hawking round an idea for one - under the title 'Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square' - for the past six months. Everyone to whom I spoke, including Mitch, and Katherine DePaul (Judy's manager) and Janis Ian (whom I directed to the site) thought it a good idea. My plan was for next September: 50 years since Shelton's review in the year of what was effectively NYC's own free speech movement, when Gerdes was a its most important. I was hoping one could invite on board a range of folkies from then (inc BD and JB, unlikely as they are to come) and also have some new acts (sort of quasi hootenanny). Would love to be involved but lack the right connections - though am talking with a TV producer (mostly BBC) about it... It should happen, it must happen... Liz
Hi Bob -
I wrote a piece in your Dad's name, which he liked. It appeared in Conclusions on the Wall, published in 1982 for an event in Manchester where I met your dad. I was with Robert Shelton whose Dylan biog I'm preparing for republication. Do you have any pictures of him in Gerdes? Thanks, Liz
This picture of the group the Outcasts was taken outside the cafe Wha? in 1965. From left to right:Joe Sherov (lead singer and harmonics), Bobby Diamond (drums), Steve Lichtman (bass), Andy Benjamin (lead guitar), Jack Malken (rhythm guitar)
Happy Traum at the Gerdes Folk City 50th Reunion 6/7/10 "Buckets Of Rain" and talks about Dylan
"BRING BACK THEM GOOD OLD DAYS!" ~ Comments from our members!
Lisi Tribble about Gerdes Folk City: "Jay Byrd was the last hooter- Dustin Hoffman based his character "Hawk" in Ishtar on him. Enamel the Camel. The Roches. Rick Danko. David Massengill. George Gerdes. Eric Andersen. Mark Johnson. Gregory Fleeman. Jack Hardy. Robin Williamson. Tret Fure. Ferron. Sammy Walker. Lach. . .--Anderson,
Bob Dylan was also below age when he first played there. Mike signed his guardianship forms."
"I loved it when the Village was still like a small community, a town within Manhattan, and mostly "regulars" would hang out.....I always felt so welcome there... Bring back them old days!"
"This website is gonna catch on fire. Great idea! When I get to something other than an iPhone I'll upload some pix and stuff. I'll be keeping tabs...I Think this kind of organized exposure for the artists willing to perform is Great. going to blossom"
~Bob Porco (grandson of Mike)
"Thanks so much for putting this whole thing together, and for inviting me to participate. I have such wonderful memories of the Bitter End and all the other coffee houses: Gerde's Folk City, The Gaslight Cafe... saw so many wonderful artists perform."