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DAVID BLUE

Born Stuart David Cohen, Feb 18, 1941, Providence, RI,
died (while jogging in Washington Square Park), 1982.


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David Blue (playing a pinball machine) is featured throughout the film "Renaldo & Clara," relating his reminiscences of the early Greenwich Village folk music scene, Dylan's writing of "Blowin' In the Wind" at The Fat Black Pussycat, etc.


In Summer of 1975, Bob Dylan played harmonica on "Who Love (If Not You Love") on David Blue's album Comin' Back For More (Asylum 7E-1043, 1975).


ERIC ANDERSEN:
David Blue was always on the streets. He had more fucking stories than anyone else. He was also a real pothead. Phil Ochs would dabble in it but was very paranoid; so David would score for Phil and end up stealing the pot from him. But Phil was so paranoid he would keep giving David more money and David would keep taking more pot.

MARC ELIOT:
At the beginning, no one in the "in'' crowd liked David, except for Phil Ochs. Phil thought he was a tremendous performer and songwriter. Later on, people started coming around to his music. David's music was all romantic. Phil's was all political.

In fact, David. Phil, and Dylan were an interesting threesome when it came to writing about women. David would write about women who most people didn't know -- the exotics; Dylan wrote about the universals; and Phil didn't write about them at all.

David was a character. He would be offended if someone told him he looked like Dylan, yet he looked like that on purpose....

JAKE JACOBS:
Someone once said David Blue was a Bob Dylan clone. If Dylan changed his hairstyle, David would change his hairstyle. If Dylan would wear a white shirt buttoned to the top, then David would too... David used to spend hours in front of the mirror just getting ready to go out. He was very vain.

I learned a lot from him about songwriting, singing, guitar playing, and the scene. He was the muse. He was the Greek chorus.

All quotes from Robbie Woliver, Hoot! -- A 25-Year History of the Greenwich Village Music Scene, New York, 1986, pp. 120-121.


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