Noel Paul Stookey … Solid Citizen

[Never expected to be posting something from Fox News, but this interview with Noel Paul Stookey steers well-clear of partisan politics. A tip of the hat to SB Jerry (Quakerbacks) for sending to us. It fits in nicely with our Tales of the Tunes theme this week. SB SM] Published on Fox News, May 10,... Continue Reading →

Wimoweh … the Epilogue

[The focus this week is how the creative work of Solomon Linda was exploited by numerous music industry sharks over many decades. Linda definitely performed the first version that was recorded, but does that mean he necessarily created it? Perhaps it was a traditional chant for hunter or ceremonial celebration. Several of Bob Dylan's best... Continue Reading →

Wimoweh … Follow the Money

[This is Part III of as series based on a story written by Rian Milan the appeared in the May 25, 2000 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. Editor's note: This is a much longer than usual post for Silverback Digest, and most people probably are not interested enough to read the whole piece. It appears... Continue Reading →

Wimoweh … Enter Pete Seeger

This story by Rian Malan was originally published in the May 25, 2000 issue of Rolling Stone. Pete Seeger, on the other hand, was in a rather bad way. He was a banjo player living in a cold-water flat on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village with a wife, two young children and no money. Scion... Continue Reading →

No Remorse

[Don't forget, next week will be devoted to "The Tales of the Tune." If you have one to contribute, let me know. SB SM] Here's a personal Tale of the Tune: On February 9, 1964, my sixteenth birthday, The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. I bought a used Harmony guitar and spent the... Continue Reading →

Free May Day Zoom Concert in the Gaelic Jungle

Please join me for a freeSaturday, May 13:00, 7:00, 10:00 PM Eastern12:00, 4:00, 7:00 PM Pacific8:00 PM, 12:00 AM, 3:00 AM UKNo registration necessary. Feel free to attend one or more![Click here a few minutes before start time]In celebration of warm weather, fertility, and bountiful living, I'll be premiering several brand new compositions as well as sharing some of my favorite melodies from Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany.... Continue Reading →

Kevin Kelley’s YouTube

Silverbacks have met Kevin Kelley. He's been involved in the Whole Earth Catalog, Wired Magazine, and a whole roster of things in-between. The Digest featured his free newsletter Recomendo which features 6 cool recommendations on tools, technology, and lifestyle choices. This one such recommendation and it provides four rabbit holes that can provide hours of... Continue Reading →

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