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Dave Van Ronk

Inside Llewyn Davis

by John Platt
Alison Rosa

There’s been a lot of buzz about Inside Llewyn Davis, the new film from Joel and Ethan Coen, which is VERY loosed based on Dave Van Ronk’s memoir, The Mayor of MacDougall Street. Some of my folkie friends had very negative reactions to it, because they were good friends of Van Ronk’s. I knew him, too, though not as well, so I figured I should try to watch the movie as a Coen Brothers creation, not a biography of Van Ronk. Even though it’s gotten a lot of positive reviews, I had a lot of problems with it myself.

'Folk Scare' at Town Hall

by John Platt
Joan Baez and Patti Smith, backed by the Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and others

The late, great Dave Van Ronk used to joke about "The Great Folk Scare" of the early '60s. As "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," he was an intimate witness to it. Joel and Ethan Coen have made a movie,  "Inside Llewyn Davis," very loosely based on Van Ronk's memoir, going into limited release on December 6, with a soundtrack album, produced by T Bone Burnett (who compiled the landmark "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack for the Coens), coming out on Nonesuch on November 12.