Played the Cafe Au GoGo with Ian and Sylvia in '65, lived at 13 Bleeker St. '66-'68, opened for the Mothers of Invention's first NY show at the Balloon Farm/Electric Circus on St. Mark's Place with my band AutoSalvage, saw Cream's first NY gig at the GoGo, hung out with Felix Pappalardi (who played bass wtih I&S in '65). Dropped acid and played in Thompkin's Sq. Park with AutoSalvage, etc., etc., etc...
Been looking through your postings vids photos etc FASCINATING STUFF
Love the interview with Henry. Neat photo of you at the arch with Guild too. My first choice in an acoustic . I take it you go back a ways with NY Music scene. I did too when I lived there from 1950 -1975 played all kinds of music with all kinds of people all over LI and in The City (Cafe Au Go Go , Bitter End, Trude Hellers, Peppermint Lounge) Have a LONG ISLAND R&R BAND HISTORY WEBSITE HERE:
My son Erik has been art director for Suzanne at Elmore since the Lyle Lovett Cover, His main gig is art director for DISCOVER Mag. His email is email@example.com Mine is : firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you live in the Village? I assume so. And do you know the Paul family at the Washington Square Hotel? I always stay there and we've become good friends. Have discussed all this sort of stuff with them. The Hotel is part of the history.
I've met him and we're in touch. Saw Judy's interview the other day - she sent me a very nice tribute for Bob's memorial. Did you know Bob Shelton? I met him in Manchester in 1979 and we remained friends until his death. I'm sort of an unofficial executor, working with his family. Was born in London in 1957 but was fascinated by all this music even in my teens and have since interviewed Baez, Collins, Janis Ian, Pete Yarrow and many others. In fact, as Marci might have mentioned, for the last few months I've been trying to interest people in an idea - "Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square", a folk festival in the park, in September 2011, marking the fiftieth anniversary of WSP own free speech movement and also the fiftieth anniversary of Bob's celebrated NYT Dylan review and 1961 as a high point, or the launch pad, of the wider folk revival. Everyone I've spoken to thinks it's a great idea - but I'm 3000 miles away and not an impresario. Have poss interest from a TV producer...
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.
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
Yes I got your friend request. I accepted it a little bit ago. And I am afraid I have to agree with you about Ning. It is a shame they are making such a mess out of this change. It seems to me that they rushed into this for some reason. Probably financial - whatever it was it seems poorly planned and executed. And Ning was such a nice too.
In time they should get everything working and things should go back to normal - assuming this doesn't destroy them first. I have heard they were actually reducing staff - not a good sign when they are having so many problems.
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."