My best mate Dave and I were lucky enough to be exposed to a lot of Folk music by his elder sister and her friends. They were very into Bob Dylan of course but also played lots of records by Joan Baez, Paul Simon and a host of ‘finger in the earhole’ squawkers that Dave and I couldn’t bear. I must admit I always found Joan Baez to be a bit screechy but she was pretty famous at the time.
Mimi Farina is her younger sister and, for my money, the better singer of the two. Her husband Richard was a leading light in the Jack Kerouac-dominated Beat Generation gang, although he perished young in a motorcycle accident two days after publication of his first book, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me. He was a month into his 29th year at the time. Mimi was 21 that day.
This is a wonderful album and adds up to much more than a simple folk album.