Caffe Lena by Jocelyn Arem,Tim Robbins,Joe Alper

By Jocelyn Arem,Tim Robbins,Joe Alper

In 1960, burgeoning actress and defiant dreamer Lena Spencer opened a small, grassroots coffeehouse within the old fashioned upstate long island city of Saratoga Springs. inside of her then-husband's plan to begin the Caffè as a way for the couple to artistically flourish whereas "making sufficient cash to retire in Europe" lay the seed of a extra impactful cultural contribution that may swap song historical past eternally. It used to be a time in the United States whilst a coffeehouse may be anything more-a point of interest for a unique kind of humans, radical new principles, and significantly, rising artists. Caffè Lena's humble level frequently welcomed musicians corresponding to a tender Bob Dylan in 1961, the singer/activist Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1962, and a pre-"American Pie" Don McLean in 1965. quick, Caffè Lena took its position one of the nation's most efficient incubators of an American folks stream that encouraged a new release of musicians, artists, and thinkers and a rustic short of a brand new imaginative and prescient of equality, freedom, and realizing. thankfully for posterity, digicam shutters have been frequently snapping in time to the song, and so an intimate visible checklist of Caffè Lena's early years exists. Now, due to years of devoted digging via the Caffè Lena historical past Project-to unearth Lena's mystery memoirs, taking part with photographers to spot and rescue mysterious negatives, and gathering tales from the unique artists to focus on those materials-the time has come to percentage this treasure trove of genuine and infrequent Americana with the area. Caffè Lena: within America's mythical folks song Coffeehouse brings greater than 2 hundred by no means ahead of noticeable, evocative photographs and tales to the general public. Early Nineteen Sixties images of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger and modern day photographs of Rufus Wainwright and Patty Larkin mix with infrequent memorabilia and an oral historical past derived from greater than a hundred unique interviews of artists who've graced Caffè Lena's degree over the many years, together with Ani DiFranco, Utah Phillips, Dave Van Ronk, Spalding grey, and different luminaries of the folks, blues, jazz, and theater worlds. This unique time pill chronicling the heyday of Caffè Lena-now the country's oldest regularly operational people tune coffeehouse-provides an insightful examine the various artists whose poetic lyrics forged a enchanting spell over a iteration, and who stay cherished this present day. along the discharge of Caffè Lena: within America's mythical people song Coffeehouse, San Francisco's Tompkins sq. label will liberate the 3-CD field set, 'Live at Caffè Lena: track From America's mythical Coffeehouse, 1967-2013′ on September 24, 2013. "Caffè Lena holds an incredible position within the folks and conventional song groups. For me it used to be the gateway to such a lot of issues I carry pricey approximately music." -Scott Goldman, The GRAMMY starting place "The tale of Caffè Lena is the key historical past of the folk-music scene. Lena used to be a pioneering girl in a man's international and her tale should be told." -Holly George-Warren, the line to Woodstock "Lena Spencer was once an extraordinary individual with a shining spirit who created a small global of her personal. The magic of her Caffè can't be analyzed, automatic, or explained." -David Amram, Musician

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