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MissouriMud Boston's Club 47 - Where it started (35) RE: Boston's Club 47 - Where it started 12 Aug 08


I first saw the original Club 47 on Mount Auburn Street as a 12 year old back in late 1959. I was visiting my brother at Harvard for the weekend and he pointed it out as we passed it on the way to a nearby music shop to buy my first banjo. My recollection is of it being a very small, unimpressive looking, hole in the wall - you could pretty much see it all from the front windows, except they had posters all over much of them. It looked very small and cramped inside without much of a stage of any type. They were having a benefit that night to raise bail to get Jackie Washington or some other local favorite out of jail so a lot of good sounding performers were scheduled, but the names are all lost to me now.   Unfortunately I couldnt stay around for the concert as I had to catch a train back home.   A few years later I did catch Tom Rush playing, but it might have been at the new location. I remember thinking he looked very thin and hungry - but he sounded great.


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