Washington Square Memoirs
The Great Urban Folk Boom
High school and college-age music fans were torn in the 1950s. Should they listen to the hip-swiveling rock 'n' roll sensation Elvis Presley or the clean-cut, buttoned-down sound of the Kingston Trio? This hour celebrates the folk music boom of the 1950s and '60s that saw Americans become exposed to their musical roots through artists such as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul & Mary. Cary Ginell was nominated for a Grammy for his research on this subject, and his original interviews and recordings from his vast musical archive will be presented in this fast moving hour. Included will be commentary from such performers as Peter Yarrow, Dave Van Ronk, Pete Seeger, Hoyt Axton, and other veterans of the so-called urban folk revival. Strap on your banjos, tune up your guitar, and get ready for an entertaining trip back in time.