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Posted By: GUEST,Deborah Robins
24-Mar-09 - 11:12 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)-Memorial Jun 21
Subject: RE: Obit: Archie Green (22 March 2009)
So sad to lose our dear friend, Archie Green. I interviewed Archie a few years back for our PBS television series, THE MUSIC OF AMERICA:History Through Musical Traditions, and found that the customary two-hours on-camera were just enough to scratch the surface. An interesting fact that I don't see mentioned here about Archie, is that he made charming sculptures out of found objects, particularly old toasters, funnels, kitchen implements-- real vernacular art. I believe he published a book with images of these creative pieces.

The last I saw Archie was last summer, on July 4th, at Chris Strachwitz's annual bash, held at Down Home Music. Archie and Chris were sitting happily in the garden, chatting away, Archie in his regulation knit watch cap, khaki pants, and sweat shirt. It was my privilege to bring them both a beer.

Utah Phillips and Archie Green, two great men who understood the value of the working people's culture, both gone within a year of each other.

It's a sad day.