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Thread #101506 Message #2048069
Posted By: Midchuck
10-May-07 - 11:00 AM
Thread Name: What got you hooked on folk music?
Subject: RE: What got you hooked on folk music?
I got interested in commercial country music when I was 11 or 12 (early '50s), and we lived in the Boston area for a couple years. There was an all-country radio station that had more interesting music than the pop stuff of the time.
My parents wanted me to study an instrument, and I said guitar, and they said no, a "real" instrument. That was the only grudge I continued to hold against them until their deaths. I coulda been a contenda! I tried piano and drums but they never took.
When I got to college in '59, just as the folk boom started, I fell in with some guitar players who were in the process of converting from electric to Kingston Trio stuff, and my parents gave up and got me a $15 Stella and I learned some chords.
Then Joan Baez's first Vanguard album came out, and I was hopelessly in love until sometime in the middle of Vietnam...It's been downhill ever since.