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2016 Obit: Peter Krug, SF Songwriter


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Subject: Obit: Peter Krug, SF Songwriter
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 Nov 16 - 01:19 AM

I don't have confirmation, but it appears that Peter Krug has died.

Here's his biography from
    Peter Krug would be totally forgotten today had he not, by circumstance, ended up on the very collectable first release by a major California psychedelic group. In late 1965, Country Joe & the Fish -- still a folk jugband for the most part -- put out their first two tracks, early versions of "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" and "Superbird," on a four-song EP accompanying the magazine Rag Baby. Country Joe & the Fish were only on the A-side, however; the B-side was devoted to two solo acoustic performances by Krug, a San Francisco Bay Area folk singer/songwriter. The two songs were mediocre mid-'60s topical folk tunes, not helped by the drab melodies and Krug's unsteady, inexpressive vocals. "Fire in the City" mixes a Dylanesque delivery with a vague lyrical sense of apocalypse, and "Johnny's Gone to the War" was an anti-war statement. Although the original EP release on which these tracks appeared is quite rare, the Krug songs (as well as the Country Joe & the Fish ones) were reissued on Country Joe & the Fish's Collectors Items: The First Three EP's collection.

That may be all that allmusic can say about him, but we in Northern California were rather fond of him. His 1964 "Migrant Song" was published in Sing Out! Magazine and in Rise Up Singing, and Faith Petric recorded his "Geritol Gypsy." I think his most-requested song was "Woman With a Chainsaw." Here's a video of Peter singing the song. The recording quality is poor, but it may give you an idea how fun it was to listen to Peter sing his "hit":His use of the term "thunderfuck" in the song served to increase sales considerably.

Here's a better-quality recording by Remy Rodden:

Peter, rest in peace. It was nice to know you.


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Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Peter Krug, SF Songwriter
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 01:14 AM

Here's the obituary for Peter Krug from the Folknik newsletter of the San Francisco Folk Music Club:

Peter Krug —Oct. 11, 1942–Nov. 23, 2016
by Ken Hayes

Long-time SFFMC member, musician, and popular songwriter Peter Krug died on November 23 at his home in Guerneville. Peter was born and raised in the Bay Area. He embraced the folk music scene at an early age, first appearing on the KPFA show, "The Midnight Special". He went on to record an album with Country Joe Macdonald. He lived in the Haight-Ashbury in its heyday, opening a store, "Wild Colors", and worked with the diggers, giving out free food.
He was a social activist, working and performing for civil rights and labor causes. He lived and worked with the migrant workers, writing "The Migrant Song" about his experiences. That song was published in Broadside, and is now in the Smithsonian. It can also be found in Rise Up Singing. He went on to write many more great songs, that were recorded by many other musicians and translated into other languages.
He eventually settled in Sonoma County. He had two sons and a daughter. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, and a greatgrandchild.
In later years, he performed with Happenstance. Peter will be sorely missed, but his songs will be heard around campfires and musical gatherings for many years to come.
There will be a memorial on Sunday, January 29, from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m., at the Muir Woods Park Community Clubhouse, at 40 Ridge Ave, Mill Valley.
His family is struggling to cover the expenses, so if anyone is able to help out, or wants more information, contact his daughter (address available from Joe Offer).

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Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Peter Krug, SF Songwriter
From: GUEST,Joe Como and Carol Ginsburg
Date: 13 Mar 17 - 11:18 PM

Rip Peter: we spent many good times with you in Lagunitas in the 70's. You will be missed.

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Subject: RE: 2016 Obit: Peter Krug, SF Songwriter
From: GUEST,Kathleen Donnelly
Date: 26 Mar 20 - 11:48 PM

I'm sorry to hear of Peter's death. I knew him in Berkeley in the early 60s, and I remember his joy at the birth of his son Matthew. He was thrilled in the late 60s when Ravi Shankar, visiting SF, stopped by the shop Peter and his wife ran on Haight Street. Shankar listened to Peter play his guitar and paid him a polite compliment. Who could ask for anything more?
We left the SF area and lost touch with Peter in 1971. I hope he had a happy life. He was a nice man.

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