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December 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

A book and recordings by Dave Van Ronk, the fascinating source for ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

Dave Van Ronk bookBack in the early ’60s, when every musician I knew, including me, was trying to learn guitar so we could play folk songs like Bob Dylan or blues like Lightnin’ Hopkins, one of the guys we all copied was Dave Van Ronk, the bearded finger-picker with the brawny, salt’n'pepper voice whose life story has now inspired the Coen Brothers’ poignant new film about the early-’60s Greenwich Village folk scene,  “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Why did we like Dave?

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December 13, 2013 at 4:15 AM

T Bone Burnett talks about producing the music for new Coen Brothers film

Ethan Coen, T Bone Burnett and Joel Coen (left to right) on the set of “Inside Llewyn Davis.” (Alison Rosa)

Ethan Coen, T Bone Burnett and Joel Coen (left to right) on the set of “Inside Llewyn Davis.” (Alison Rosa)

If ever there was a film that depended for its heart and soul on the quality of the music, it is the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” (opening in Seattle Friday, Dec. 20), which tells the story of a Greenwich village folk singer in the early ’60s. To make sure they got the music right, the crafty Coens turned to T Bone Burnett, whom they’d already worked with a number of times, most significantly on “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

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