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Dining, Distillations The Plough and Stars: To Every Thing There Is a Season

The Plough and Stars: To Every Thing There Is a Season

"What can I do for you?" the bartender asks me in an Irish brogue. "I'm trying to figure that out." "Well," he says, smiling, "there's no hurry." I'm grateful. The truth is I need to get my head straightened. The…
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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Pete Seeger, the Voice of Americans Overcoming

R.I.P. Pete Seeger, the Voice of Americans Overcoming

Pete Seeger, who died last night at age 94, was the voice of America. His high, wailing tenor had a fragile, human quality that struck deep into your heart when you heard him sing. He didn't have the smooth voice…
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Calendar, Night&Day You Don't Know Jack

You Don't Know Jack

Just one week ago, on YouTube, a woman watched Ramblin’ Jack Elliott play "San Francisco Bay Blues" on Pete Seeger's old TV program, Rainbow Quest. Impressed, the woman commented, "cute dude!!!!" The clip was made long ago; Elliott is now…
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Music, All Shook Down Sarah Lee Guthrie: Folk for the Whole Family

Sarah Lee Guthrie: Folk for the Whole Family

With all the hub-bub around freak-folksters like Devendra Banhart and alt.folk chanteuses like Jolie Holland, it's nice to see traditional folk hasn't been forgotten. However, it has been updated by third generation singer-songwriter Sarah Lee Guthrie (daughter of Arlo, granddaughter…
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Culture, Stuff War on War Songs

War on War Songs

War, as it turns out, is good for absolutely nothing when it comes to anti-war songs. At the risk of sounding like Bill O'Reilly (who, no doubt, listens only to Wagner), it's time to protest the protesters, most of whom…
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Various Artists

Tastefully appointed, this five-CD box set is billed as a celebration of the power of folk song in the '60s -- tales of social injustice filtered through Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, and a host of others, complete with…
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Music, The Old Old Thing

The Old Old Thing

You'd think there was a law or something. Should you happen to be in charge of the homes section of a daily newspaper, and should you happen to assign a piece about, God help you, stucco, you'll likely get a…
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Reviews

(Young) Pioneers Free the (Young) Pioneers Now! (Lookout) It's a common misconception that punk rock is nihilistic and destructive. On the surface, punk's language and style certainly evince a cynical worldview, but within all of punk's vitriolic reactions against the…
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