…jazzville skyline: when it was a village…

…jazzville skyline…
by rocky-o

“…when it was a village…”

There’s a phenomenal documentary out now that, besides bringing back alot of memories for me, is a capsule of a time when New York was not only the centre of the world, but it also was the magnet for every singer/songwriter who had something to say…

“Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation” is not only filled with that great music, but also interviews with many of the artists who were there, as well as a landscape of what it was like being there, hanging out in Washington Square park with hundreds of others with ‘guitars on their backs’…

And you have to remember the time itself…this was during the Vietnam war, when protest was king, and many of the ‘creative community’ were, not only against the war, but also of a mind to write it in a song…Even singing at Washington Square park was banned for awhile…It was an interesting time indeed…

Here, you get all the flavor that sets you back to the days when coffeehouses like Cafe Wha? and The Bitter End were the living end for all those looking to hear and perform…and coffee was indeed ‘the musician’s choice’ when it came to personal preferences…

And some of those amazing troubadours, either mentioned, interviewed, or both, include…John Sebastian, Arlo Guthrie, Don Mclean, Melanie, Richie Havens, Kris Kristofferson, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Peter Yarrow, Carly Simon, Buffy St. Marie, Harry Chapin, and so, so many more…

Also featured are those who were ‘in the know’ like Radio DJ Pete Fornatale, and Suze Rotolo, who was most famous for being on the cover of Dylan’s “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” l.p….

It was a brilliant time indeed and, as the song says, those times they were a changin’…

And I could personally say, ya’ had to be there, but, if you weren’t, with this brilliant documentary, it’s almost as if you are…


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