Collection Number: 20508

Collection Title: Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971

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Size 16 items
Abstract The Dave Van Ronk Collection consists of audio recordings, 1965-1971, created and compiled by Dave Van Ronk, an American folk singer and an important figure in the American folk music revival and the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. The collection includes concert recordings of Van Ronk circa 1967, 1969, and 1971, a WBAI radio show of Dave Van Ronk and Terri Thal, a work tape of his 1967 album Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters, as well as recordings of Ian Buchanan, Tom Paley, and Bob Dylan.
Creator Van Ronk, Dave.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Dave Van Ronk Collection #20508, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Andrea Vuocolo Van Ronk in May 2015 (Acc. 102216).
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American folksinger, David Kenneth Ritz "Dave" Van Ronk (1936-2002), was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 30, 1936. Known as the "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," Van Ronk was an important figure in the American folk music revivial and the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. Drawing from and developing a wide repertoire of songs, guitar techniques, and performing skills, he befriended and mentored musicians and songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Jack Hardy, Suzanne Vega, Christine Lavin, Patrick Sky, Tom Paxton, and many others. Van Ronk considered his music as an accompaniment to his singing and brought many elements from jazz, blues, folk, rock, swing, and even classical music into his arrangements of songs. The 2013 feature film Inside Llewyn Davis by the Cohen Brothers is based on Van Ronk's posthumous memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, which was finished by his collaborator, Elijah Wald, and published in 2005.

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The Dave Van Ronk Collection consists of 16 open reel audio recordings, 1965-1971, created and compiled by Dave Van Ronk, an American folk singer and an important figure in the American folk music revivial and the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. The collection includes concert recordings of Van Ronk circa 1967, 1969, and 1971, a WBAI radio show of Dave Van Ronk and Terri Thal, a work tape of his 1967 album Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters, as well as recordings of Ian Buchanan, Tom Paley, and Bob Dylan.

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16 items.

Arrangement: In order as received.

Titles and descriptions compiled from SFC database and original containers.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15517

Dave Van Ronk, Terri Thal radio show, 15 November 1965 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15517

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Note on original container: "bad distortion"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15518

Dave Van Ronk at Folklore Center, November 1967: tape 1 of 2 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15518

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Track listing on original container reads: "Candyman," "Come Back Baby," "Willie the Weeper," "Bad Dream Blues," "You've Been a Good Old Wagon," "Green Rocky Road"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15519

Dave Van Ronk at Folklore Center, November 1967: tape 2 of 2 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15519

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Track listing on original container reads: "Frankie," "He Was a Friend of Mine," "St. Louis Tickle," "The Old Man," "The Song of Wandering Aengus"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15520

Dave Van Ronk concert 1, circa 1967 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15520

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Track listing on original container reads: "Keep it Clean," "Statesboro Blues," "As You Make Your Bed," "Green Rocky Road," "St. James Infirmary," "Candy Man," "The Old Man," "Come Back Baby"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15521

Dave Van Ronk, Southern Ohio Folk Festival, Athens, Ohio, circa 1971 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15521

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel, 7.5 ips

May 1971 or 1972; Two-track; Originally recorded at 3.75 ips from line output of sound system; Track listing and recording specs on original container reads: "Candy Man," "Green Rocky Road," "Bird on the Wire," "Random Canyon," "He Was a Friend of Mine," "Swinging on a Star," "Cocaine," "Luang Prabang"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15522

Dave Van Ronk guitar soundtrack #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15522

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15523

Bob Brill #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15523

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15524

Dave Van Ronk first WBAI show #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15524

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15525

Tom Paley at Sue Goldsmith's, 18 March 1969; Major Wiley and Dave Van Ronk at 23rd St. YMCA, 23 March 1969 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15525

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recording details found on inside of original container

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15526

Dave Van Ronk concert 2, circa 1969 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15526

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Track listing on original container reads: "That'll Never Happen No More," "Both Sides Now," "The Witch (Robert Frost)," "Bad Dream Blues"

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15527

Work tape for Dave Van Ronk and the Hudson Dusters, 1967 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15527

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Includes Van Ronk and Dave Woods vocals

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15528

Songs of a Boss' Artists, by Dave Van Ronk and Barry Kornfield #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15528

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

Recording relates to The Bosses' Songbook: Songs to Stifle the Flames of Discontent, a collection of modern political songs of satire collected and edited by Dave Van Ronk and Richard Ellington (1959). Track listing on original container reads "Lubyanka Prison" (3:53), "Which Side Are On" (1:48), "Wasn't That A Time" (2:00), "Talking Management Blues" (1:30), "Franklin Roosevelt" (3:10), "Right To Suffer Blues" (2:33), "Bosses Lifeguard" (3:10), "Kolkhoz (Collective Farm) Song" (1:58). List of songs not on tape yet inserted in original container.

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15530

Ian Buchanan dub: tape 1 of 3 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15530

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel, 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15529

Ian Buchanan dub: tape 2 of 3 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15529

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel, 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15531

Ian Buchanan dub: tape 3 of 3 #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15531

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel, 7.5 ips

SFC Audio Open Reel FT-20508/15532

Bob Dylan, Gaslight tape #20508, Series: "Dave Van Ronk Collection, 1965-1971." FT-20508/15532

1/4" Open Reel Audio

7" reel

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Anne Wells, May 2016

Archival processing of the Dave Van Ronk Collection was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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