Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Musical History Of Greenwich Village - 1. Episode 1

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 20th September 2017

John Sebastian takes a nostalgic journey around Greenwich Village, New York, telling the story of a particularly creative period in modern music history.

John was born and raised in Greenwich Village and, while still at school in the early 50s, it became a focal point for a group of writers, poets, artists, and students known as the Beat Generation. Inspired by what he saw and heard around him, John became immersed in the folk and club scene that subsequently blossomed.

His skills on guitar and harmonica made him an instrumental component of the folk scene and he worked with Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and Tim Hardin, before forming the The Lovin' Spoonful in 1965 and enjoying success with hits like Do You Believe In Magic and Summer In The City.

The history of Greenwich Village is littered with influential names in contemporary music. John's journey highlights the important role it played in the careers of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Velvet Underground, The Kingston Trio, Richie Havens, Maria Muldaur, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, The Mamas & Papas, The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Miles Davis, and the most famous resident to become a major musical star in recent years - Lady Gaga.

The soundtrack to this journey features some of the most evocative and famous folk, rock, pop and jazz music recorded by residents of "The Village". Contributors include Steve Earle, Jac Holzman, Rick Rubin, Lenny Kaye, Richie Havens, John Cale, David Bailey, Jack Douglas, Bob Gruen and Julian Lennon.

First broadcast on Radio 2.

Dave Van Ronk - Willie The Weeper [Rootstock Recordings]
Blondie - In The Flesh
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer [EMI]
The Lovin’ Spoonful - Summer In The City [Castle Communications]
Bob Dylan - Blowin In The Wind [Sony]
James Barbagallo - Piano Quartet In C Major
Jelani Eddington - Kitten On The Keys [RJE Productions]
Lehman Engel - On The Town
Pete Seeger - Red River Valley [Membran]
Miles Davis - Blues By Five [OJC]
John Coltrane - Spiritual [Impulse]
Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker - Salt Peanuts [Uptown]
Nina Simone - Children Go Where I Send Thee
Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk [Candid Productions]
Woody Allen - Private Life [Rhino]
Sonny Rollins & The Modern Jazz Quartet - A Night In Tunisia [Blue Note]
Pete Seeger - Buffalo Girls [Real Gone Folk]
Woody Guthrie - Blowin' Down This Road [Doxy Music]
Josh White - Freedom Road [Elektra]
Pete Seeger - Old Joe Clark
Woody Guthrie - Baltimore To Washington [Xtra]
Allen Ginsberg - America [Rhino]
Tom Paxton - Daily News [Elektra]
Richie Havens - High Flying Bird [Polydor]
Harry Belafonte - Come Back Liza [RCA Victor]
Nina Simone - Just In Time [Westside]
Herbie Mann - It Aint Necessarily So [Atlantic]
Dave Van Ronk - Twelve Gates To The City Recording [Folkways]
Bob Dylan - Talkin' New York [Columbia]
Bob Dylan - Song To Woody [Columbia]
Bob Dylan - Riding In My Car [Columbia]
Bob Dylan - Blowin In The Wind [CBS]
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited [CBS]
Bob Dylan - House Of The Rising Sun [CBS]
Bob Dylan - Freight Train Blues [Columbia]

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