door with his guitar and his new songs that nobody had every heard
recorded dozens of his songs. It was a wonderful friendship, and I
can’t say how grateful that I am.
JC: “Suzanne” and “Dress Rehearsal Rag” and they took right
off, you know. “Suzanne” took off immediately and I think that Neil
did an interview he would credit me with having started his career
by recording that song, so that was very special.
forget the fact that this is all a large lesson that all of us have to par-
out with all the great Folk singer-songwriters- that crowd which
included Eric Anderson, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan, of course, and
the singer-songwriter songs. It was very exciting.
Also, I had been in treatment for Tuberculosis, so I had gotten
to rest and also I began to get a hang of how to do it.
so many of his songs and not writing my own songs, and I had no
which is on the new album with Stephen Stills.
JC: Oh, people of all kinds and from all situations are carrying
it forward. All you have to do is go to a few Folk Festivals and hear
a few of the young writers.
Noel Paul Stookey had a contest that invited people to send
songs of social merit in to be judged and I was one of the judges. I
found a couple of songs that I recorded; one of them was “Veteran’s
Day” which was one off my favorites. There are people writing this
kind off music all the time. Personal, Political, Social, Activist-inspired,
incident-inspired- they are writing all the time- including
about spouse abuse, which I should pull out and sing again. I DO
Judy Collins and
just released a
new CD titled
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music is sold.
think that this spirit of Activism has been re-ignited and it’s burn-
ments, you know, they live in a Democracy, so Thank God they can
stand up. That’s what we have to remember. If we lived in many
countries, we would not be able to do this- we would be shot, no
question about it. As long as you’ve got the right to vote and to go
out into the street- before we all get thrown in jail- you have to do
something. They’ve got their hand on the wheel; I’ll tell you- it’s
Jeannie Holton is a Folk Music DJ on WMNF, Tampa
88.5FM, www.wmnf.org. Her show is on Saturdays from
10AM-Noon and is called “The Acoustic Peace Club.