A new album from Smithsonian Folkways challenges the historical conception that New York was the sole epicenter of the 1960s folk revival. The Village Out West: The Lost Tapes of Alan Oakes compiles extensive field recordings from the revival’s burgeoning center in Northern and Central California, all carefully taped by autodidact documentarian Alan Oakes.
The vibrancy and creativity of the 1960s folk scene in New York has been well-documented. From the epicenter of Greenwich Village, where Bob Dylan and Joan Baez rose to prominence, to Upstate’s lasting legacy of Woodstock ‘69, folk music has deep roots on the East Coast, and the 1960s revival would inspire generations of artists to
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