When the folk music boom hit in the late '50s, its epicenter was Greenwich Village in New York City, and especially, Washington Square, right outside the window where Buddy Holly rented an apartment in 1959. Holly settled in New York because he thought folk music was the next big thing and though he didn't live to gig at the Cafe Wha?
or Gerde's Folk City
, he was right.
The late 50's were also a boom time for Epiphone. The company was just getting back on its feet with a new identity after nearly going under before our champion, Les Paul, told Gibson's Ted McCarty to knock on the door of the House of Stathopoulo before it was too late.
With a new factory and and a new outlook, Epiphone soon brought out some great electric models including the Sheraton
and, of course, the Casino
in 1961. But Epiphone's acoustic guitars were also getting attention as scores of young people rediscovered string band music, bluegrass, folk music, blues, and honky tonk, and for many, Epiphone was the go-to axe to have. In the new documentary
, you're sure to see some turtleneck-wearing youngsters bashing out a G-chord on some Texans
, Bards, and Frontier's. They would have loved to have been able to plug in with a Dove or Hummingbird PRO
You'll also get a good history lesson on the times and how some of those youngsters challenged and changed our culture at great personal risk.
Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, Arlo Guthrie, Happy Traum, and Peter Yarrow are among the many that are interviewed. If you love guitars (and that's why you're here right?) check it out.