folk music

Subversive Strumming: Fear and Loathing of the American Folk Music Revival

Subversive Strumming: Fear and Loathing of the American Folk Music Revival

For the American political right of the post-war era, folk music more than rock ‘n’ roll was regarded as a national threat – but not because of the songs’ lyrics.

NYC’s Underground Scene: ‘This Must Be the Place’

NYC’s Underground Scene: ‘This Must Be the Place’

Music may be the glue of every NYC underground scene This Must Be the Place covers, but Jesse Rifkin’s primary interest is in the community held together by that glue.

Is ‘Murder Most Foul’ Dylan’s State of the Union Address?

Is ‘Murder Most Foul’ Dylan’s State of the Union Address?

The implication of Bob Dylan's "Murder Most Foul", expressed with an understated passion, is that in 2020, it may not be just the music or even the president that has died.

Generational Solidarity: Folk Band the Weavers and the Damages Done by the Red Scare

Generational Solidarity: Folk Band the Weavers and the Damages Done by the Red Scare

Wasn't That a Time digs into the Weaver's empathy for the working class struggle, which was weaponized and politicized against them by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Scorsese and Dylan: A Match Made in Fantasy

Scorsese and Dylan: A Match Made in Fantasy

In Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, a cinematic genius and a Nobel Prize-winning musical icon pair for a magical and purposefully deceptive look at rock 'n' roll life in the mid-'70s.

Sounds of the Zomia, Sounds of Resistance: An Interview with Kink Gong

Sounds of the Zomia, Sounds of Resistance: An Interview with Kink Gong

Laurent Jeanneau, also known as Kink Gong, walks among the peoples of Southeast Asia and listens, with sincere passion, for their vanishing music and culture.

A Road Warrior Shares Lessons on Community with ‘What I Found in a Thousand Towns’

A Road Warrior Shares Lessons on Community with ‘What I Found in a Thousand Towns’

Musician Dar Williams lets it all hang out with piercing opinions and shrewd take-aways.

Joni Mitchell Biography ‘Reckless Daughter’ Is Lush and Complex

Joni Mitchell Biography ‘Reckless Daughter’ Is Lush and Complex

All sides of the mosaic, mercurial, brilliant music legend Joni Mitchell appear in David Yaffe's definitive biography.

Bob Dylan’s ‘The Nobel Lecture’ Requires a Tolerance for Sentimentality

Bob Dylan’s ‘The Nobel Lecture’ Requires a Tolerance for Sentimentality

Are Dylan's thoughts the dismissible ramblings of an insecure autodidact still trying to impress the professors?

Festival: The Criterion Collection

Festival: The Criterion Collection

They just don't make documentaries like Festival anymore.
Ye Banished Privateers – “I Dream of You” (video) (premiere)

Ye Banished Privateers – “I Dream of You” (video) (premiere)

Swedish pirate folkers, Ye Banished Privateers tease new album with lyric video.
Last Call at Folk City with Dominic Chianese

Last Call at Folk City with Dominic Chianese

As the MC at New York's leading folk music venue, Chianese introduced many of the era's best-known and most influential figures.