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Playing For the Sake of the Song

An Interview With Musician Mary Ramsey Singer-songwriter Mary Ramsey is known throughout the world for her work with the 10,000 Maniacs. But that’s only half of the story. Ramsey, who … Continue reading

September 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reinterpreting the Work of A Master

An Interview With Songwriter Emma Swift “Like many of the great Bob Dylan songs, ‘I Contain Multitudes’ is a magnet, a fly’s eye view of the cultural wilderness in which … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · 2 Comments

“Chain of Ghosts”

Chain of Ghosts (A Meditation on Emma Swift’s Version of “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”)   (all) Of a sudden (wind) In thirsty fists (tempests) In my soul Are … Continue reading

August 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

“Sheriff As Historian”

The following poem was inspired by the work of California writer and historian John G. Edmonds, who served as a Deputy Sheriff in San Mateo County, California for 40 years. … Continue reading

July 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

“Fever Tempest”

Fever Tempest (Meditations On Dylan’s Murder Most Foul)   “I am the dead dog’s last stand (this) visceral power of edges and ends”   (all) Of a sudden (windows) Full … Continue reading

June 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Appointments With Destiny

40 Years Removed From Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Caravan, Violinist Scarlet Reflects On Her Life and Career   Scarlet Rivera was born and raised in Joliet, Illinois, a stone’s throw … Continue reading

May 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

In Memoriam: Michael McClure

A Trembling In the Wind (Mike McClure Just Died) (looking) For that book With picture Of you On a Harley (be) Side a poem About a jewel Called the moon … Continue reading

May 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bob Kaufman’s Collected Works Spotlights the Raw Beauty of the Beats

THE COLLECTED POEMS OF BOB KAUFMAN. Bob Kaufman. City Lights Books. San Francisco poet Bob Kaufman, who died in 1986 at the age of 61, was a one-of-a-kind writer whose … Continue reading

December 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Shotgun Rider: 15 Minutes With Bob Dylan’s Long-Time Friend, Louie Kemp

Louie Kemp made his career mark in the world in the commercial fishing industry, first taking over his father’s business and later expanding it with the Louis Kemp Seafood Company, … Continue reading

September 4, 2019 · Leave a comment
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