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The Bluebird Café – 50 Years

the Bluebird Café’s real mission was to form a center and school for acoustic music of all types on the central coast. Folk, Cajun, blues and bluegrass all found a home there, along with early country and a smattering of classical, jazz, eastern, and experimental musics. Continue reading

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The Sixties in Folk Music / 10. Kajsa Ohman

Giving up music for life is something I do periodically. Whether this is due to some innate fear of failure or another fear—that music is so wonderful and powerful it might take over my life—I don’t know. I do know … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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