On the eve of the Mid-Term Elections, join Richard Barone and his very special guests as they revisit the poetic songs of social rebellion that emerged from Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Even before the “Beatnik Riots” of 1961, NYC’s Greenwich Village was the epicenter of a revolutionary movement in the history of American music and culture. In the early 1960s and throughout the decade, a new wave of writers and performers, inspired by the folk revival of the fifties, created socially-aware and deeply personal songs that deserve to be considered as an important part of the American Songbook. These writers - Bob Dylan, Richard Fariña, Janis Ian, Phil Ochs, to name just a few – changed the “folk” repertoire from traditional songs to songs sprung from personal, contemporary experience and the nation’s headlines; raising the level of political self-expression to high art. Message and music merged to became the voice of a generation. This freewheeling evening, featuring and hosted by Richard Barone who pays tribute to that exciting era on his recent album ‘Sorrows and Promises’, celebrates the lasting legacy of that pivotal decade with an eclectic roster of friends and special guests performing songs that resonate just as strongly today.
With special guests Marshall Crenshaw, Hilary Kole, Tammy Faye Starlite, Steve Addabbo, Glenn Mercer (of The Feelies), Terre Roche & more!
Visuals by historian Stephen Petrus
Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since pioneering the indie rock scene in Hoboken, NJ as frontman for The Bongos and then helping to launch the chamber pop movement with his solo debut “cool blue halo”, Barone has produced countless studio recordings and worked with artists in every musical genre. Collaborators have included Tony Visconti, Beach Boy Al Jardine, Sean Lennon, Dion, John Sebastian, Alejandro Escovedo, Donovan, Moby, the late Lou Reed, and American folk icon Pete Seeger. He has scored shows and staged all-star concert events at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and New York’s Central Park - where he presented “MUSIC + REVOLUTION” this summer. His memoir Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth was published by Hal Leonard Books. His latest album, “Sorrows & Promises”, is a celebration of the early 1960s music scene in Greenwich Village NYC, where Barone lives. He is affiliated with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University and currently teaches “MUSIC + REVOLUTION” at The New School University of Jazz & Contemporary Music. He serves on the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), and on the Board of Advisors of Anthology Film Archives.
"Richard Barone is one of the great forces of New York City!" - Songwriter Eric Andersen
"Richard Barone has recreated the feeling of that Village better than anyone else..." - Marc Myers; JazzWax, The Wall Street Journal
"ESSENTIAL LISTENING!” - Popdose.com
“A haunting aural excursion through Greenwich Village's most exquisite songs." - New York Observer