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The Swan Song of Folk Music

Happy Traum, Rolling Stone, 17 May 1969

"FOLK MUSIC is dead." We've been hearing that for some time now. The clubs and coffee houses that sprang up all over the country in the early Sixties offering folk music and espresso coffee are mostly a thing of the past. There was a time not long ago when every college town and city in America had at least one, a refuge for kids and a jumping-off place for the local Pete Seegers and Kingston Trios.

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