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Thread #98649 Message #1956037
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
02-Feb-07 - 05:59 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (1931-2007)
Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (February 2007)
I must have bought three of four editions of the Joan Baez songbook with Ric's ethereal illustrations.
Baby Let Me Follow You Down was probably the first real tune I learned on the guitar, when I was about 15. Didn't have a clue what it meant! Not sure I do now.
I was a little disappointed when I heard him on record - the Dylan intro about 'the green pastures of Harvard University' was a hell of a build-up to come on stage after.
Anyway I thank him and whoever helped him make his contribution. I'm sorry if his lfe wasn't a happy one. Over here in England - Ric was part of our consciousness at the time - the Blow Whistle Blow track on the Blues Project album and the appearance of his folk blues album on the cover Dylan's Bringing it All Back Home album - made him one of the hippest names on the block.