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Folklore: Who Said This?

DThompson55 05 Nov 17 - 09:41 AM
Mr Red 06 Nov 17 - 03:17 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Who Said This?
From: DThompson55
Date: 05 Nov 17 - 09:41 AM

I think is a near quote from John Sebastian, but I have not been able to find it, nor attribution. Can anyone help me find the exact quote and who said it? Talking about the early NYC folk scene. "First you'd go to ... and learn the blues in E. Then you'd go to ... and learn the blues in G. And then you'd go to ... and learn the blues in C. And then you'd be a folk musician". I don't know if I have any of that right, but I remember (?) hearing it and thinking, That's how they did it before the Internet.

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Subject: RE: Folklore: Who Said This?
From: Mr Red
Date: 06 Nov 17 - 03:17 AM

Sounds very familiar. I saw him talking about it in a documentary on the BBC. I have the inkling it might have featured Mississippi Fred McDowel a lot, or Seasick Steve (because he did a some driving of Fred to gigs). I do remember JS saying he saw MFMc at Newport FF and then he was billed at a Folk Club in Greenwich Village and JS said "could it be the same person?". After the show JS asked questions of "Mr McDowel" about guitar technique. Fred had said "I seen you looking at me".

Somethings did stick in my mind.

Seasick Steve video (Not available) Bringing it all Back Home
BBC iPlayer find the same video when you search for Fred.

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