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Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers

26 Jun 11 - 10:03 PM (#3176951)
Subject: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: GUEST,C. Ham

Mike Regenstreif has a report on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches blog about the Coen Brothers next movie being based on Dave Van Ronk.

Folk Roots/Folk Branches blog


26 Jun 11 - 11:01 PM (#3176961)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: Mark Ross

Elijah Wald, who edited Dave's memoirs, told me today that someone optioned the book about 3 years ago. He also told me that when Sean Penn was trying to do a film about Phil Ochs, DVR was trying to get the part of Albert Grossman!

Mark Ross


27 Jun 11 - 01:09 PM (#3177247)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: GUEST

Would have loved to see Van Ronk play Grossman. LOL!


27 Jun 11 - 07:19 PM (#3177436)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: frogprince

So, who would you nominate to portray Von Ronk?

If we could live without quite as much gravel in the voice as the real thing, I'm thinking Joel Mabus might be able to carry it off pretty well.


28 Jun 11 - 09:48 AM (#3177754)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: GUEST

Maybe Jeff Bridges.


28 Jun 11 - 12:04 PM (#3177823)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: Desert Dancer

From the The Los Angeles Times blog that others are citing:

EXCLUSIVE: The Coen Bros. told an audience at New York's Lincoln Center earlier this month that they were working on a music-related film, but didn't offer any specifics.

Now a clearer picture is emerging on the subject of that movie: the Greenwich Village folk scene seen through the eyes of its larger-than-life patriarch.

The Coen Bros. are working on a script that's loosely based on the life of Dave van Ronk, said a source who was briefed on the project but who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak on the filmmakers' behalf. Van Ronk is a legendary musician who presided over New York city's iconoclastic coffeehouse period of the mid-20th century,

The musician, who died in 2002, was known as the uncle of the coffeehouse scene, a big personality famed for his musical acumen, left-wing politics, general erudition and entertaining storytelling. On his watch, era-defining musicians such as Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell were discovered and cultivated. Van Ronk also was a noted blues guitarist in his own right. A spokeswoman for the Coens did not immediately have a comment on her clients' behalf.

Van Ronk, who died in 2002 at the age of 66, published a posthumous memoir three years later titled "The Mayor of MacDougal Street" which a collaborator helped collate. The source said the Coens are drawing in part from material in the book.

The Greenwich Village figure, a noted supporter of progressive causes, was also arrested during the neighborhood's famous Stonewall Riots, an event that gives a van Ronk movie a certain relevance in light of the New York State legislature's move to legalize gay marriage on Friday.

At the Lincoln Center talk, the Coens compared their movie to "Margot at the Wedding" (Noah Baumbach was on stage with them) suggesting that, like that film, their new work will offer natural dialogue and a feeling of being dropped into the middle of a world. They also said they expected the film to contain musical performances. "We're working on a movie now that has music in it [that's] pretty much all performed live, single instrument," Joel Coen said.

The Coens, who had what was by far their biggest success box-office ever with the western "True Grit" last year, are often known for tackling wildly disparate subjects from film to film. They've made one notable music-heavy movie before, spotlighting a decidedly different era in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

-- Steven Zeitchik

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~ Becky in Tucson


29 Jun 11 - 10:07 AM (#3178302)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: Bettynh

Robin Williams as Shel Silverstein??


24 Jan 13 - 11:35 PM (#3471059)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: Amos

Trailer on the Coen Love Letter here.

It's a grin.


23 Feb 13 - 08:42 PM (#3483107)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: GUEST,Hooga

They was frenz


14 Jan 20 - 06:36 AM (#4028233)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: mayomick

Gaslighted by the FBI article:https://truthout.org/articles/newly-unearthed-fbi-file-exposes-targeting-of-folk-singer-dave-van-ronk/?utm_source=sharebuttons&u


14 Jan 20 - 07:47 AM (#4028246)
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk & the Coen Brothers
From: gillymor

I thought Inside Llewyn Davis was interesting if a bit grim but it did produce an excellent version of Farewell Thee Well (Dink's Song) by Issac, Mumford and the Punch Brothers.