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Jet-Set Folkies: Not Us, Say Tom Jans and Mimi FariƱa

uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, October 1971

ON MAY 1, 1966, Richard Fariña, novelist, poet and folk singer was returning from a party celebrating the publication of his novel Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up To Me when he was thrown from the pillion seat of the motorcycle he was riding on, and was killed. Mimi, Richard’s wife and folk singer partner, had celebrated her 21st birthday on the same day. a fact that must have accentuated the effect of the tragedy.

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