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Monday, January 23, 2012

Do As Catherine Hill Says in This Song and "Save The Gold Dust Lounge"

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The Gold Dust, now an endangered species of San Francisco bar.
  • The Gold Dust, now an endangered species of San Francisco bar.

Have you heard? San Francisco's classic Gold Dust Lounge -- a 1933 watering hole that was a regular haunt of legendary local columnist Herb Caen, and hosts a regular live rock 'n' roll band -- is in trouble. Its landlord wants to boot the bar to make way for an expansion of clothing store the Limited (yes, really, the Limited). So of course local barflies, history buffs, and Defenders of All That Is Old, Cheap, and Real in San Francisco are doing what they can to save the place. If they fail, this hall of West Coast history will be only a memory after March 6.

Hence "Save The Gold Dust Lounge," a new tune from local songwriter Catherine Hill. Over a rambling blues-folk chord progression, Hill invokes the storied history of the Gold Dust in the spirit of an old protest song, offering listeners both an education and a call to action. Hey, who knew crooner Bing Crosby did the ceilings and lights? We didn't. See what else you find out about the Gold Dust (and sign a petition to save it) after the jump.

And here's the petition to save the Gold Dust.

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