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Thread #153089 Message #3582934
Posted By: Mark Ross
09-Dec-13 - 12:09 PM
Thread Name: Dave Van Ronk on NPR
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk on NPR
He was my first influence as a guitar player. I can still play 1/2 the DVR FOLKSINGER LP. Got to know him later in the '60's (my biggest mistake was trying to match him drink for drink). Last time I saw him was here in Eugene, Oregon on what must have been his last tour. It was shortly after 9/11. I was asking him how things were in the Village where he still lived (Dave's attitude was sort of like the elderly lady, a Boston Brahmin, who when asked why she didn't go anyplace replied,"Why should I go anywhere when I'm already there.") When I confessed to Dave that I had never really liked the architecture of the World Trade Center, Dave replied,"Yeah, it was Howard Roark that did it." I treasure the time I got to spend with him, and I still listen to his music on a fairly regular basis.