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Subject: Obit: Music writer Paul Nelson RIP (July 2006)
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 11:08 PM

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Subject: RE: Obit: Music writer Paul Nelson RIP (July 2006)
From: GUEST,warren leming
Date: 10 Jul 06 - 03:30 PM

warren leming:
Knew Paul years ago, and was in a band he reviewed for Stone, Wilderness Road. More importantly: I was a long time subscriber and reader of Little Sandy Review, which Paul helped found and wrote for..... it was one of the earliest folk journals-did some great stuff on Dylan et. al. and was a precursor to the pop worlds Rolling Stone, Creem, and that copse of Rock magazines that hit big in the 60's.
Paul brought a North woods integrity to everything he did. He was born in Warren, Minnesota, and lived most of his life in New York, a town he loved.
He was much beyond the obscurantist crap that came to characterise rock journalism, and he paid a price for his integrity- he spent his last years in exile from mainstream criticism. We shall not see his like again.
For Ron Oberman's triubute to Paul see
Warren Leming

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Subject: RE: Obit: Music writer Paul Nelson RIP (July 2006)
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 10 Jul 06 - 10:46 PM


Thanks for that. Those old "Little Sandy Reviews" that Paul Nelson and Jon Pankake & cohorts put out were prized by me for the decade of the '60s and beyond. Their biting criticisms were usually right on in their insight and severity. If they criticized a musician/folksinger it was because they needed to hear those harsh words. If they listened to Mr. Nelson's words, their music, after that, was generally quite a bit better as a direct result.

I'm holding a copy of the Little Sandy Review with John and Jackie Kennedy on the cover--an illustration showing the prez and his lady picking a guitar and singing. It was the height of the folk scare and most of us folkies identified with and admired J.F.K. back then. (See my thread here in this forum where I posted MANY songs from my Kennedy songs collection--now at the Archive Of Folk Culture in the Library Of Congress.)

Yes, this is grievous news. Paul Nelson was a truth teller!

And, Warren, even while this is sad, old friend, it's good to connect with you again. I hope you are well!

Art Thieme

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Subject: RE: Obit: Music writer Paul Nelson RIP (July 2006)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jan 16 - 11:50 PM

There's a very interesting article about the Little Sandy Review here:You won't believe the explanation of how this fabled folk fan magazine got its name:
    The somewhat oblique, convoluted connection between LSR and, in this case, larger, mass-pulp movie star and pop record fanzines actually begins with its very name. "In the late 50s," Pankake explains, "in lower level courses at the university, you would see these young co-eds sitting down in the front of the class – blond pony-tails, sweaters, gold circle pins – and they all carried current issues of fan magazines with black and white and color photos of their favorite stars, and a surprising number of these girls were named Sandy. We were starting a magazine about our own favorite music and our very own stars, so Paul and I decided to name it after all those little Sandys and call it The Little Sandy Review.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Music writer Paul Nelson-Little Sandy Review
From: fat B****rd
Date: 21 Jan 16 - 04:28 AM

Strange. I'm just reading Elijah Wald's "Dylan Goes Electric" which mentions Paul Nelson and TLSR quite often. RIP

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