Bringing It All Back Home
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME is a critically acclaimed oral history including quotes from interviews with the legendary musicians and other scene makers associated with the history-making Greenwich Village music from the pre-’60s through the 1980s. The focus of the book is Folk City, the venerable nightclub that supported the careers of many now-famous folk, blues and country performers as well as singer-songwriters and punk/indie/new wave bands during the 1970s and 1980s. Many famous comedians and actors also found a home at Folk City, like Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Larry David, Steve Buscemi, Mark Boone, Jr, and others.
The author, Robbie Woliver, co-owner of the club, interviewed over 150 musicians and movers-and-shakers for the book. among those interviewed: Dave Alvin, David Amram, Eric Andersen, Joan Baez, Kurtis Blow, Oscar Brand, Andy Breckman (creator, “Monk”), Marshall Brickman (writer, “Annie Hall”), David Bromberg, Judy Collins, Rev. Gary Davis, Pat DiNizio (The Smithereens), Bob Dylan, Jose Feliciano, Allen Ginsberg, Arlo Guthrie, John Hammond Jr. & Sr., Tim Hauser (Manhattan Transfer), Emmylou Harris, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), Richie Havens, Carolyn Hester, John Lee Hooker, Jam Master Jay (Run D.M.C.), Billy Joel, Harold Leventhal, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Brownie McGhee, Maria Muldaur, Odetta, Joey Ramone (The Ramones), Suzzy and Terre Roche (The Roches), Phoebe Snow, Patty Smyth (Scandal), Peter Tork (The Monkees), Izzy Young, Tommy Makem, Odetta, Tom Paxton, John Phillips (Mamas & Papas), Mike Porco, Jean Ritchie, Susie Rotolo, Buffy Ste. Marie, Fred Schneider (B-52s), John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful), Pete Seeger, Robert Shelton, Mary Travers and Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) Dave Van Ronk, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, Loudon Wainwright, Jim Wann (creator, Tony-nominated “Pump Boys & Dinettes”), Eric Weissberg, Jesse Colin Young (Youngbloods) and more…
From icons like The Weavers, Dave Van Ronk and Bob Dylan to classic folk-rock bands like Simon & Garfunkel, The Mamas & Papas and The Youngbloods, from legendary vocalists like Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Buffy Ste. Marie, from singer-songwriters like Phoebe Snow, Carly Simon and Loudon Wainwright to the new wave of songwriters like Suzanne Vega, Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin, and from rockers like The Smithereens, Violent Femmes and Sonic Youth, Folk City has had its finger of the musical pulse of the times.
Bringing It All Back Home tells the whole story–musical, social and political–of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, all played out in a legendary music venue in inspiring Greenwich Village.