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2017 Obit: Antonia Stampfel (Holy Modal Rounders)

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keberoxu 16 May 18 - 04:57 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 16 May 18 - 07:47 PM
keberoxu 17 May 18 - 12:45 PM
GUEST,John McFadden 18 May 18 - 10:43 AM
keberoxu 19 May 18 - 06:22 PM
GUEST,Keberoxu, by email to Joe Offer 20 May 18 - 01:55 AM
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Subject: the songwriter Antonia Stampfel
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 May 18 - 04:57 PM

Still alive, as far as I can make out.

A book has recently been published called Bear Suit Follies.
It is about Antonia; much of the content was written by Antonia.
Someone else, however, gets author credit.

The Mudcatters who know Antonia, have very intense feelings about her,
as is evident from existing Mudcat threads.
She hasn't got her own thread, however, prior to this.

According to author John McFadden in Bear Suit Follies,
this songwriter's birthname is Barbara Ann Goldblatt
and her Brooklyn-based family had both Jewish-American and Polish-American origins.

Professionally she most often answered to Antonia,
sometimes to Antonia Duren.
Marriage to Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders
resulted in her married name.

John McFadden states that Antonia now lives
in an assisted-living facility in Florida.

At least one Antonia song lyric is in the DigiTrad here.

Would those who know of, and love, Antonia care to keep this thread going?


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Subject: RE: the songwriter Antonia Stampfel
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 16 May 18 - 07:47 PM

What about this date:
14 September, 2017?

Spotted a statement that Antonia Stampfel died on that date.
But -- verification?
Have yet to find same.


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Subject: RE: the songwriter Antonia Stampfel
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 May 18 - 12:45 PM

It is a little ominous to find
"memorial tribute"
in the descriptions of
"If You Want To Be A Bird"
from last year, and
Get Out and Fly
from early 2018.

I'm getting increasingly suspicious here.


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Subject: RE: the songwriter Antonia Stampfel (Modal Rounders)
From: GUEST,John McFadden
Date: 18 May 18 - 10:43 AM

Antonia died last summer after a long period of decline. I am the one who put her writings into a book. We had a memorial tribute concert for her in Brooklyn last fall that was a proper send-off. She was a dear friend for four decades and we loved her deeply.


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Subject: RE: the songwriter Antonia Stampfel (Modal Rounders)
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 May 18 - 06:22 PM

Yet more details at this Facebook page, if I can get the link to work.

Holy Modal Rounders


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Subject: Obit: Antonia Stampfel, 14 Sept 2017
From: GUEST,Keberoxu, by email to Joe Offer
Date: 20 May 18 - 01:55 AM

Obituary written by John McFadden, but not published until now. Published with his permission.
Antonia Stampfel, age 78, died in Sarasota, FL, on 9/14/17. A native of NYC, she was a prolific writer of songs, short stories and poems. She was a significant contributor to the emerging Greenwich Village folk movement in the early 1960s.

She introduced Peter Stampfel to Steven Weber, who went on to form the Holy Modal Rounders, a band that pioneered what was later termed the “freak folk” movement. Antonia wrote and co-wrote many of their songs, including “If You Want to be a Bird,” which was featured in the soundtrack of the film “Easy Rider”.

She is survived by her daughter, Ronni Troiano, 2 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A Musical Memorial celebrating her work will be held at the Jalopy Theater, Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sunday, 11/5/17 from 8:00pm-Midnight.

Because of her lifelong interest in exotic bird rescue, memorial contributions can be made in her name to: Lucky Parrot Sanctuary, P.O. Box 110334, Naples, FL 34108-0106.


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