It’s wonderful to see the revival of interest in the music and art of Dave Van Ronk. This is a direct result of the Coen Brothers Film, Inside Llewyn Davis that started its limited engagement in New York and Los Angeles today.
Tompkins Square Records released Live At Caffe Lena: Music From America’s Legendary Coffeehouse 1967-2013 this past summer. It’s a chock full 3 CD Box Set that is complemented by a coffee table book, Caffè Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse (powerHouse Books) which brings more than 200 never seen, evocative images and stories to the public.
“The story of Caffè Lena is the secret history of the folk-music scene. Lena was a pioneering woman in a man’s world and her story needs to be told.” —Holly George-Warren
Here is a Sound Cloud of 40 minutes of Dave Van Ronk’s set from 1974 at Caffe Lena
- For a Village Troubadour, a Late Encore (nytimes.com)
- Dave Van Ronk, Pete Seeger, Mary Gauthier and others: Live at the Caffe Lena – review (theguardian.com)