By Goldmine Staff
Vintage performances by icons of the ‘60s folk movement have been restored and remastered for the DVD release of “Legends of Folk: The Village Scene.”
Produced for PBS by Emmy-winning filmmaker Jim Brown, “Legends of Folk” features the biggest and most influential artists of the era, including Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary. Live footage offers an exciting and historic view into the music and musicians that forever changed pop culture from the intimate stage of The Village Scene. “Legends of Folk” is hosted by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. The DVD is now available for purchase; click here for details.
“Legends of Folk: The Village Scene” captures a young Bob Dylan (above) giving one of his earliest performances of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Judy Collins (below, left) tears through a searing rendition of “My Father” and Simon and Garfunkel perform their epic, “The Sound of Silence.” The DVD assembles songs by 17 artists in the early days of their careers, as well as full-length, exclusive interviews with John Cohen, Don McLean, Maria Muldaur, Tom Paxton, Michelle Phillips (Mamas & Papas), John Sebastian and Peter Yarrow. The “Legends of Folk: The Village Scene tracklisting is: “If I Had a Hammer” (Peter, Paul and Mary); “Blowin’ in the Wind” (Bob Dylan, shown above); “It Ain’t Me Babe” (Joan Baez); “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” (Phil Ochs); “Handsome Johnny” (Richie Havens); “I Ain’t Gonna Marry” (Jim Kweskin Jug Band); “Liza Jane” (The New Lost City Ramblers); “You’ve Got To Walk That Lonesome Valley” (Mississippi John Hurt); “The Last Thing on My Mind” (Tom Paxton); “If I Were A Carpenter” (Tim Hardin); “My Father” (Judy Collins, shown at left); “Do You Believe in Magic” (The Lovin’ Spoonful, shown below); “The Sound of Silence” (Simon & Garfunkel); “Leaving on a Jet Plane” (John Denver); “Castles in the Air” (Don McLean); “Solitary Man” (Neil Diamond); “California Dreamin’” (The Mamas and the Papas); plus the bonus songs “Deep Blue Sea” (Peter Yarrow) and “Black Jack Daisy” (John Cohen), which were not seen when the film originally aired on PBS.