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Music, All Shook Down At 84, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Teacher to Bob Dylan and Best Friend of Woody Guthrie, is Still Keeping Folk Music Alive

At 84, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Teacher to Bob Dylan and Best Friend of Woody Guthrie, is Still Keeping Folk Music Alive

About halfway through talking to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, I realized I’d stopped trying to ask him questions and just let him tell me stories. After all, they don’t call him “Ramblin’ Jack Elliott” for nothing. After 60 years in…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Children of Music Legends Whose Own Music Doesn't Suck

Six Children of Music Legends Whose Own Music Doesn't Suck

You may have heard this week that Paul McCartney's son, James, wants to get together with the children of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr and be a Beatles: Next Generation band. Truthfully, that might be one of the…
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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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Calendar, Night&Day Parts Unknown

Parts Unknown

Ask any train hopper: Riding the rails can be true bliss. The feeling of pulling out of a yard after hiding in the corner of a boxcar for 14 hours makes the slow, dirty trip instantly worth it. And running…
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Calendar, Night&Day Strung Out

Strung Out

The Violin is that rare work of political art that doesn't skimp on the art. Shot in timeless black-and-white, Francisco Vargas's debut burnishes its neorealist setting with elegant, eloquent imagery and a piquant soundtrack. The film unfolds in the mountains…
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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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Music, Reviewed MC Paul Barman

MC Paul Barman

Probably the best description for MC Paul Barman is "savant-tard," a term he flashes during his debut long-player, Paullelujah! The New Jersey-bred rapper is both smart as hell -- educated at Brown University, flexing a vocabulary unheard of in hip…
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Culture, Stage Crushing Grapes

Crushing Grapes

Mexican and Central-American migrant workers have trudged to California for almost a century to pick vegetables and fruit; around Watsonville and Napa, during the summer harvest, some of them still live in tents and caves. As a tide of "illegal"…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

In the mid-1950s, Ramblin' Jack Elliott busked his way across Europe, outfitted in a Stetson hat, cowboy boots, and a pair of worn Levi's, the true personification of the American cowboy singer. In London, where a neo-folk fad called "skiffle"…
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Nanci Griffith Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful) (Elektra) The story of American folk music is one of dissidents: Woody Guthrie's guitar was a machine that killed fascists; Pete Seeger wrote off an anti-union boss as a wife-beater;…
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Hepatitis Youth Outreach While much effort on the part of Lisa Davis ("Viral Combat," March 11) has been spent deconstructing the multimillion-dollar wrangle between Chiron and the CDC, those of us working on the ground in the fight against hepatitis…
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Hard Travelin'

Sharon Ely's delicious pozole. A couple of cops who stopped David Carradine's kid brother and him on the way to the old Ash Grove. Those see-through motel towels. A Mexican smuggler and something about huevos rancheros. A muleteer who's ridden…
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Suspicious Minds

"To me hoop-de-hoop de hi ho/ Along the narrow strand." I had never seen those words in print, but they rushed at my face like a familiar smell. They were from the cover of a record called The Land of…
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