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Cambridge's Club 47 folk venue celebrated in new documentary

Posted by Joel Brown  April 12, 2012 08:05 PM

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Bob Dylan and Betsy Siggings Club 47 Photo by Dick Waterman from For the Love of the MusicIt's difficult to overstate the importance of Cambridge's Club 47 to America's folk music boom in the 1960s, although many have tried. Now the iconic club known today as Club Passim is celebrated in "For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival," a documentary set to debut Tuesday at the Boston International Film Festival. Joan Baez, Tom Rush, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin and Peter Rowan are among the many interviewed for the film, which starts on the fateful day in 1958 when the young Baez walked into the club, then a Mt. Auburn Street jazz venue, and talked her way into a gig.

Co-directors Todd Kwait and Rob Stegman, who met as BU freshmen in the 1970s, spent nearly two years working on the film, which also includes performances by present day Passim staples like Ellis Paul. Also prominent in the film is Club 47 founding member Betsy Siggins, pictured here with the young Bob Dylan. The film debuts Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Loews Theatre /AMC Boston Common. Details: The trailer:

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