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Folk Music

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Before Stonewall

“The Gay Gordon”     The Joe Gordon Folk Four”   RCA Victor

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Native dancer

Thunderbird Records Present “Indian Songs of the Southwest” (Gems for Collectors) Includes a paste on cover of native American art by Gerald Nailor from 1948. Interesting liner notes too.

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Village voices

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“Beat Generation” Jazz Poetry. Folk Lyrics. John Brent, Len Chandler and Hugh Romney at the Gaslight, Greenwich Village. Musitron Records.

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Little folkers

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Music for Little Folk Singers in Hi-Fi.   Merry Go Round Records.

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In the tradition

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These old Folkways Records were very special to those in the New York City music scene that Dylan came upon circa 1962. He writes of meeting Cisco Houston at a party on Fifth Avenue down in the Village. Cisco was a compatriot of and fellow traveler with Woody Gutherie. The real deal. Dylan imagined getting a recording contract with Folkways — never dreamt of recording for Mitch Miller’s Columbia until John Hammond signed him. These Folkways covers are distinctive for their think, heavy cardboard covers. This one includes a nice line drawing by artist Ben Shahn. Shahn did numerous covers in the Fifties and early Sixties for various labels.

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