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The Sixties in Folk Music / 5. Phil Earl

Phil Earl
Math Major Plays in Folk Group,
Parents Not Amused
I started college in 1956 at the new campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara [they had just moved to their site next to the Santa Barbara Airport -PF] . … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 2. Tony Townsend Part I.

Tony Townsend
The Growing Season: The Noctambulist, Rondo, & Iopan
I arrived early that night and parked at the rear. There was no one around. Looking down the dark corridor toward Canon Perdido Street, I saw that other businesses were closed. But … Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 1. The Iopan

Marilyn Berner—The Iopan
A House Filled With Music
(Copyright by M.J. and D.E. Berner 2007)
One of my first vivid memories is of my dad playing his saxophone. Dwight Shaffer was a musician, from a family of musicians who left Iowa in 1910 to … Continue reading

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The Sixties In Folk Music: Santa Barbara / Introduction

Introduction – Table of Contents
Several years ago, I received a letter from Marilyn Berner, living in Colorado. She reminded me that she, along with her husband Bill, ran a folk music coffee house, The Iopan, in Santa Barbara California in … Continue reading

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Microphones and The Bluegrass Music

but what about microphones? When Bill traveled with his tent shows, you mention electric lights. What did he use to amplify his instruments? It is my impression that bluegrass was built around a microphone, and has been subsequently altered by the expansion of a single mic into a long, often forbidding, row of mics, monitors, etc. Continue reading

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