Even before the Beatnik Riots of 1961, New York City’s Greenwich Village had been the epicenter of revolutionary developments in American music and culture. But the 1960s were a time of particular turbulence and creative ferment, as a new wave of writers and performers inspired by the folk music revival of the 1950s created socially aware and deeply personal songs that spoke to a generation like never before. Message and music became one and mirrored society. Author Richard Barone unrolls a freewheeling historical narrative, peppered with personal stories and insights from those who were there.
Richard Barone is a recording artist, performer, producer, professor, and author. Since pioneering the indie rock scene in Hoboken, NJ as frontman of The Bongos, Barone has worked with artists in every musical genre including Donovan, Lou Reed, and folk legend Pete Seeger. He has produced concert events at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and SummerStage in Central Park. His album, Sorrows & Promises, is a celebration of the 1960s music scene in Greenwich Village, where Barone lives. He currently teaches the course “Music + Revolution” at The New School’s School of Jazz & Contemporary Music, serves on the Advisory Board of Anthology Film Archives, has served on the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), and hosts Folk Radio on WBAI New York.
During the 1960s folk scene in Greenwich Village, we propelled a renaissance in civil rights, art, and music. This vibrant narrative evokes that time, painting a vivid landscape for us and generations of readers to come. -- Carolyn Hester
As you wander through Richard Barone’s excellent telling of the astounding events that took place in Greenwich Village from 1960 to 1969, remember that each folk and blues singer you meet, the unknown and the well-known, all fell under the spell of a very small community, which still retains to this day its village dimensions. Breathe in the atmosphere of where it all began. -- Donovan
Greenwich Village is not only the stomping ground of songwriter Richard Barone but also his creative muse. His account Music + Revolution on the Village folk scene in the 1960s is a lovely companion to his album Sorrows and Promises, providing us sketches of memorable characters and giving us insight into the sights and sounds of the famed Manhattan neighborhood.”—Stephen Petrus, co-author of Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival
A lively, irresistible read—and a surprising one, too. Richard is not following a literary formula here. He’s inventing one.” —Anthony DeCurtis, Distinguished Lecturer and author, contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine.