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Thread #126067 Message #2860089
Posted By: GUEST,Neil D
09-Mar-10 - 10:36 AM
Thread Name: Dave Van Ronk's Memoirs
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's Memoirs
I don't know if it's included in the book, but I came across his interesting factoid in the Wikipedia article about the Stonewall Riots. The police, outnumbered by between 500 and 600 people, grabbed several people, including folk singer Dave Van Ronk—who had been attracted to the revolt from a bar two doors away from the Stonewall. Though Van Ronk was not gay, he had experienced police violence when he participated in antiwar demonstrations: "As far as I was concerned, anybody who'd stand against the cops was all right with me, and that's why I stayed in.... Every time you turned around the cops were pulling some outrage or another." I love that quote.