In 1960, burgeoning actress and defiant dreamer Lena Spencer opened a small, grassroots coffeehouse in the quaint upstate New York town of Saratoga Springs. Within her then-husbandas plan to start the CaffAu as a means for the couple to artistically flourish while amaking enough money to retire in Europea lay the seed of a more impactful cultural contribution that would change music history forever. It was a time in America when a coffeehouse could be something moreaa focal point for a different sort of people, radical new ideas, and notably, emerging artists. CaffAu Lenaas humble stage regularly welcomed musicians such as a young Bob Dylan in 1961, the singer/activist Bernice Johnson Reagon in 1962, and a pre-aAmerican Piea Don McLean in 1965. Quickly, CaffAu Lena took its place among the nationas foremost incubators of an American folk movement that inspired a generation of musicians, artists, and thinkers and a country in need of a new vision of equality, freedom, and understanding. Fortunately for posterity, camera shutters were often snapping in time to the music, and so an intimate visual record of CaffAu Lenaas early years exists. Now, thanks to years of dedicated digging by the CaffAu Lena History Projectato unearth Lenaas secret memoirs, collaborating with photographers to identify and rescue mysterious negatives, and collecting stories from the original artists to highlight these materialsathe time has come to share this treasure trove of authentic and rare Americana with the world. CaffAu Lena: Inside Americaas Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse brings more than 200 never before seen, evocative images and stories to the public. Early 1960s photographs of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger and modern-day images of Rufus Wainwright and Patty Larkin blend with rare memorabilia and an oral history derived from more than 100 original interviews of artists who have graced CaffAu Lenaas stage over the decades, including Ani DiFranco, Utah Phillips, Dave Van Ronk, Spalding Gray, and other luminaries of the folk, blues, jazz, and theater worlds. This exclusive time capsule chronicling the heyday of CaffAu Lenaanow the countryas oldest continuously operational folk music coffeehouseaprovides an insightful look at the many artists whose poetic lyrics cast a mesmerizing spell over a generation, and who remain beloved today. Alongside the release of CaffAu Lena: Inside Americaas Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse, San Franciscoas Tompkins Square label will release the 3-CD box set, aLive at CaffAu Lena: Music From Americaas Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967a2013a² on September 24, 2013. aCaffAu Lena holds an important place in the folk and traditional music communities. For me it was the gateway to so many things I hold dear about music.a aScott Goldman, The GRAMMY Foundation aThe story of CaffAu Lena is the secret history of the folk-music scene. Lena was a pioneering woman in a man's world and her story needs to be told.a aHolly George-Warren, The Road to Woodstock aLena Spencer was a rare person with a shining spirit who created a small world of her own. The magic of her CaffAu cannot be analyzed, computerized, or explained.a aDavid Amram, Musicianare. being. held. up. by. embedded. notes. from. all. the. 214 RUFUS WAINWRIGHT aIa#39;m definitely from a folk-ochracy, folk and foremost.a ... All summer I had been practicing the songs I wanted to do, and I was so nervous. My dormitory hallanbsp;...
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