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Bojangles info about Paul Clayton?? (63* d) RE: info about Paul Clayton?? 12 Mar 98


Art, It's too late and I am too weary to be lucid and articulate, but I have been struck by your thoughtful entries, and it is certainly clear that you have covered some ground and have done so with your eyes open. Apparently you are still at it as am I (and so are my three sons). I have tried without success to look you up in the "Folk Music Yearbook of Artists 1964" by Jandel Productions which included most everyone who was breathing in the folk world. I am pictured on page 94 on the same page with Dave van Ronk, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, The Stanley Brothers, and even the Smothers Brothers. Professor Friedman at Harvard had urged me to make a career out of folksinging, a suggestion that I hardly expected from a Harvard professor! When I left Jim Kweskin in Cambridge to sing in St. Louis the Berlin crisis was on and a draft notice was not long in coming. Jim decided to "drug out" as he termed it. I went into the Army and found myself on a top secret mission to Vietnam with guitar in hand. I sang to Cambodian troops most of whom ended up in the killing fields. Upon returning I sang protest songs...on one occassion at the Village Gate with Pete Seeger and Phil Oakes. Judy Collins asked me to consider touring with her, and at about that point I decided to focus on singing and playing for love rather than for money. This is probably not the appropriate forum for personal notes, but I can't seem to address messages to anyone except a few folks on a pop-up menue. Perhaps this note answers a few questions anyway. -Peter Stanley


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