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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (118 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Van Ronk Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Now the inspiration for a major motion picture written and directed by the Coen brothers

Dave Van Ronk was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the ’60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a firsthand account by a major player in the social and musical history of the ’50s and ’60s. It features encounters with young stars-to-be like Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, and Joni Mitchell, as well as older luminaries like the Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Odetta. Colorful, hilarious, and engaging, The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a feast for anyone interested in the music, politics, and spirit of a revolutionary period in American culture.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Greenwich Village, Van Ronk was king of the street, he reigned supreme.”

    Bob Dylan

  • “A wise and very funny book.”

    New Yorker

  • “A hulking raconteur and iconoclast, [Van Ronk] fondly captures the spirit of the times.”

    Q magazine

  • “A funny, insightful, and honest recounting…Many readers may go to the book looking for stories about other people, including Dylan—and they are here—but along the way they will discover, or rediscover, the story of Dave Van Ronk.”

    Associated Press

  • “Best Book of 2005—If you thought Bob Dylan’s Chronicles emanated atmosphere, try Van Ronk’s salty, seamless, and often hilarious re-creation of Greenwich Village…Where his Bobness could be frustratingly oblique, Van Ronk is concrete to the point of 3-D.”

    Library Journal

  • “Charming, evocative autobiography by one of the key figures in the mid-twentieth-century folk revival…A must for those with an interest in the music, and of great appeal as well for anyone who enjoys a roistering life story recounted in a lively narrative voice.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Filled with amusing, colourful anecdotes.”

    Chart

  • Winner of the 2006ASCAP–Deems Taylor Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jon | 1/9/2014

    " Some of the books I read about Bob Dylan mentioned Dave Van Ronk so when I saw this book I decided to read it. I'm glad I did. He was a great songwriter, guitar player, teacher and a pretty good author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim | 7/31/2013

    " Story of the beginnings of the folk music rise in the 60s. Not much about Dave's later years, but what's there is fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 7/20/2013

    " Highly engaging & funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Duncan | 6/6/2013

    " DVR is amazingly intelligent, and emotional to boot. "

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Author Dave Van Ronk

Dave Van Ronk (1936–2002) was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the ’60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene.