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The Times They Were a-Changin’: Pictures from the Birth of Folk Music

In 1960, Lena and Bill Spencer opened a small coffeehouse in upstate New York village of Saratoga Springs.  The married couple — fans of the burgeoning folk scene — named their new establishment Caffè Lena and spent a lot of time in Boston and New York City searching for artists to play their venue. Blues legends like Mississipi John Hurt, Jackie Washington, and Bernice Johnson Reagon all made the 3-hour trip from Manhattan  to play in the cramped second-floor venue. Don Maclean played there in 1965—seven years before “American Pie.” And in 1962, so did a shy folk singer named ... Read More

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