I'd Give My Life: A Journey by Folk Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780831400934
  • Publisher: Science & Behavior Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents


Gratitude     vii
Introductory Notes     ix
Washington Square     1
The Tarriers     73
The Weavers     125
The Rooftop Singers     179
Political Quagmire     247
Reflection and Triumph     255
Afterword     279
About the C.D.     281
Discography of Erik Darling     287
Index     289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Inspiring Life Story of a Folksinger

    I took guitar lessons from Erik Darling in the 70's and when I read his recent obituary in the NYT and learned that he'd just completed his autobiography I had to read it. He will best be remembered for writing and singing 'Walk Right In' with the Rooftop singers, but that is only a small part of his story. Alan Arkin and DonMcLean wrote jacket blurbs for the book (Don says that Erik was 'the first white person who I thought of as a guitar gunslinger'). It is a delightful recounting of Erik's life and career with wonderful anecdotes about his time with the Weavers, The Tarriers and the Rooftop Singers. He writes about his childhood in the Finger Lakes region of NY, his warm relationship with his father, his not-so-warm relationship with his mother and his bouts with anxiety and self-doubt. If you were to read this book along with the Dave Van Ronk book (MAYOR OF MACDOUGAL STREET) you'd get a very good insider view of the folk music movement of the 50's and 60's. The book comes packaged with a 25 track CD which is an interesting history of Erik's music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2008

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    A trip through a time that was innocent and wildly creative. A story of a time in NY when everybody was an artist and everybody cared for and helped each other. One man's journey to find himself as an artist. A member of three revolutionary music groups, each of which made history. The Tarriers, The Weavers and the Rooftop singers. But more importantly a wonderful account of a father's gift to his son and the love they shared.

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