RIP - Mary Travers - OFF TOPIC

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    RIP - Mary Travers - OFF TOPIC

    There is no shortage of music fans (of many different genres, I know) and guitar players on this forum. So I thought the New York Times obituary of Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul & Mary) would be of interest to some of you. Within the confines of her genre, she was a terrific singer.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/ar...avers.html?hpw

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    Well I will give this thread a comment to give due respect to Mary who believed in many liberal viewpoints.

    Obviously you have to be of 'a certain age' to remember Peter, Paul and Mary when they were actually performing.

    I always quite liked them, even if they were a bit too commercial and manufactured at times.

    Mary was always the visual focal point of the group and seemed to have a mysterious, ethereal quality about her.


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    Yes, Mitch has it about right. I think I probably have more respect for them now than I did at the time. They were a bit cosy, but they were getting radio play with Bob Dylan songs when Bob Dylan wasn't. And she did have a good voice.
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    Re: RIP - Mary Travers - OFF TOPIC

    I agree as well. The obit writer himself notes this. Early on, they made Dylan songs, among other things, "safe" and "commercial". (Much as The Weavers did for Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene", which, in its original version, is neither.)

    Still, they were more socially aware and took more political (and even artistic) risks than many of the other squeaky clean groups that arose during the short-lived commercial "folk revival" (e.g., The Kingston Trio). And there is an interesting link from Ronnie Gilbert to Mary Travers to Grace Slick and all the women since who have been members of a group (as opposed to merely being a singer with a backing band).

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