"the book is a gem . . .Van Ronk was an urban griot,
one of those tribal elders who passes on the history of the village
interwoven with his personal asides, many of them hilarious."
"Charming, evocative autobiography by one of the
key figures in the mid-20th-century folk revival. . . . A must for those
with an interest in the music, and of great appeal as well for anyone
who enjoys a roistering life story recounted in a lively narrative voice."
". . . a funny, insightful and honest recounting
. . . Many readers may go to the book looking for stories about other
people including Dylan -- and they are here -- but along the way they
will discover, or rediscover, the story of Dave Van Ronk."
"In this always engaging and frequently laugh-out-loud
funny memoir, Van Ronk . . . gives us an insightful description of the
development of the scene that Dylan and countless others were drawn
to and swept up in. I've read most of the books that have been written
about that time and place. This one may well be the best, as a historical
narrative, a critical analysis of the music and the musicians who made
it - and as an altogether enjoyable read."
A richly evocative paean to a lost era.
If Bob Dylan's recollection of early '60s Greenwich
Village in Chronicles
"Everybody knew what a fine musician Dave Van Ronk
was, but who knew he could write a book like this! You can hear his
voice on every page. Brilliant writing."
"Dave Van Ronk was a truly inspirational artist
whose music overflowed with passion, intelligence, independence and
originality. Not to mention a wicked sense of humor and a great, loving
heart. All artists, writers, and performers (politicians too, for that
matter) know that the best and the best known are not necessarily the
same. If they were, Dave Van Ronk would be a household name and the
wide public would know him as he is known to so many musicians-one of
the best. I hope this book will open the way for a huge new audience
to discover this tremendous musical treasure."
"Dave was the man on MacDougal Street when I arrived
in the Village over forty years ago, and he is once more raucously ruling
the street in these pages. God's in His Heaven and all's right with
"In the engine room of the NY Folk Scene shoveling
coal into the furnace, one Big Man rules. Dog faced roustabout songster.
Bluesman, Dave Van Ronk. Long may he howl."
"Hey, you won't be able to put it down."