Mudcat Café message #1571742 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #84959   Message #1571742
Posted By: Amos
28-Sep-05 - 10:42 AM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorceseDocumentary
LOL, Steve!

The wonderful thing about part 1 was that it captured the zany quantum collisons of the time -- the wild meanderings, the overttones from Kerouac and Ginsberg and Corso, the crossings and uncrossings of fates and live. And in some of those shots from the outside of the Cafe Wha, you get a glimpse of how these immemorial moments, these earth-shaking transitions (Bob meets Joan, the situation desk at CORE, the wilding tenor of Niles, all these amazing probes into the future) were absolutely disguised by the dirty streets and commercial ordinariness of the exteriors of the buildings, even in wild-ass Greenwich Village. There were no herald angels saying "Van Ronk is come!" or "Lo! Odetta!". It took a long time to percolate into the mainstream, largely thanks to Hammond and the people who operated gerdy's and the other sites. All this magic, hidden from the public eye.

What an amazing trip those years were. I am sure that, except for a couple of small lifechanging choices that took me to England and then to sea, I would have been in the brawl, sleeping on sofas and hitchiking to strange places.

I loved the show for bringing me back to that rich crossroads of endless possibility, when we were all in our teens or 20's and anything could happen, and most everything did.