Did you write the book of love.
And do you have faith in God above.
If the Bible tells you so? — Don McClean
Greenwich Village: Music That Defined A Generation, opened in Manhattan last night. The film by Laura Archibald is about the Greenwich Village music scene and how it sparked political, social and cultural changes. It highlights the greatest folk singers, songwriters, authors and performers from Greenwich Village and how they collectively became the voice of the Baby Boomer generation. The film features rare footage, new performances and interviews and of course, music.
Greenwich Village was the birthplace of the singer/songwriter who wrote and sang songs about love and relationships. Between 1961-1973, many musicians in The Village came together to sing about the radical social upheaval of the time. They sang about civil rights, Vietnam and the government, and they promoted peace and harmony. Their passive protest in Washington Square in 1961 resulted in riot squads that attacked and arrested singers and civilians. It was cited as the first freedom of speech revolt and made Greenwich Village a beacon of hope for an entire generation.
I have to wonder where they are all now? Wearing flip-flops and hanging out on the beach with Jimmy Buffet? Still smoking dope? Why aren’t they singing in the streets now? Maybe they got tired.
I’m looking forward to seeing this documentary, although a couple things I’ve learned about it are disappointing. Joan Baez and Simon and Garfunkel are not featured in the film even though they were a huge influence on folk music and were a big part of the Greenwich Village music scene.
Featured artists include:
Lucy and Carly Simon
The Chapin Sisters
Click here to read the New York Times Review of Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation.