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Thread #126067 Message #2883781
Posted By: GUEST,John Thayer
10-Apr-10 - 03:17 PM
Thread Name: Dave Van Ronk's Memoirs
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk's Memoirs
The book was terrific. Very true to the times
I remember well going to those Hoots Dave led at the Gaslight (Now we call them jam sessions). I thought they were on Tuesday or Thursday night (this must have been in 66 or 67). I went every week for several months and I always stayed for both sets. The second set could be quite late or quite long depending on how much time Dave spent upstairs at the Kettle of Fish on his break.
He always had a bunch of people who wanted to learn his stuff (including me) and I recall him shouting out the chord changes to the people taking notes in the front. That made us feel quite conspicuous.
One night a woman walked in carrying a guitar and leading a skinny guy wearing sunglasses. Dave introduced Jose Feliciano and after he began playing I knew that this guy was was going to be a star. Everyone wanted to play with Dave and there were many fine artists sharing the stage with him.
I miss him.