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Joan Baez

'Folk Scare' at Town Hall

by John Platt
Joan Baez and Patti Smith, backed by the Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and others

The late, great Dave Van Ronk used to joke about "The Great Folk Scare" of the early '60s. As "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," he was an intimate witness to it. Joel and Ethan Coen have made a movie,  "Inside Llewyn Davis," very loosely based on Van Ronk's memoir, going into limited release on December 6, with a soundtrack album, produced by T Bone Burnett (who compiled the landmark "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack for the Coens), coming out on Nonesuch on November 12.