Where Is The Love For RICHARD AND MIMI FARINA?

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I love those albums so much that i actually bristle and get jealous when i see that 70's album that mimi made with that other dude.The one where they are all cozy on the cover. I still get chills when I hear the live at newport stuff on the posthumous album. search:everything. I wouldn't recommend richard's book though. Unless you are 16. If you are 16, by all means, read it. I can't help but feel that we would have gotten some rockin' psych records had richard lived. He would have been all over that shit.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was talking to an ILXOr about them recently! I can't remember who tho...

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i've not heard them. i've been too put off by richard's writings.

lauren not logged in, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think you were talking to me and Martin and The Pinefox, Dada. Are there mp3s floating around?

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That's right!

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yes richard's book is AWFUL!!

mark s (mark s), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

DON'T LET HIS BOOK STOP YOU FROM ENJOYING THE MUSIC THOUGH.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

and even some of the music has its share of shaggy proto-hippy sub-dylanisms in it. but i kinda like the shaggy proto-hippy sub-dylanisms in it.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Plus Mimi was extremely cute

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

she was stunning. he wasn't bad-looking, either.

lauren not logged in, Tuesday, 8 March 2005 16:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i can't find my gf's farina albums. i am sad. i did enjoy john kay's extremely bulgy cover of "bold marauder."

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 17:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think there was some love on the Why Can't Country Sound More Like Folk? thread, or whatever it was called, but it went missing.

In any case, it's a long, long way down to Reno, Nevada.

Ken L (Ken L), Tuesday, 8 March 2005 18:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
I've just listened to the song Reflections in a Crystal Wind about four times in a row.

Tripmaker (SDWitzm), Monday, 10 October 2005 17:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Surely, without them, a degrees-of-separation challenge between Vladimir Nabokov and Bob Dylan would prove far more daunting.

M. V. (M.V.), Monday, 10 October 2005 18:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I like the sound on the version of "Reno, Nevada" that came with the Richie Unterberger book much better than on the cleaned-up multi-CD package.

k/l (Ken L), Monday, 10 October 2005 18:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

i actually bristle and get jealous when i see that 70's album that mimi made with that other dude.The one where they are all cozy on the cover.

But this record is totally decent if you find it in a dollar bin! Not as good as the classic Rich & Mimi records, but, you know.

Also, totally don't get the hate for Rick's novel. I enjoyed it. Not lifec hanging or anything, but better than a lot of junk people have written set in the sixties. It reminded me a lot of certain David Lodge books, mostly "Trading Places."a

ian, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 14:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

the only sort of off-putting thing about Farina's novel is that there's a huge sexist subtext to it, that all of the significant female characters end up fucking a dude over for money/drugs/political gain.

ian, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 14:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'll second that the novel is perfect for 16 (up to 20, possibly).

Hard Lovin' Loser is both horribly dated and cool.

patita, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 17:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

i have a fairly terrible album where this dude (on the cover he's wearing a chain-link vest) does this kinda hilarious swingin' vegas rendition of hard lovin' loser. he makes it even MORE dated and yet there ya go kinda cool!

scott seward, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 18:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

"his book":Talkin' bout the very sexist Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me, but wasn't there maybe a much later collection also? Anyway, the later edition of Been is is worth getting for Thomas Pynchon's introduction/memoir (he and Farina were college roommates). But start with David Hajdu's Postively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina, and Richard Farina. It tells a *lot* of stuff about certain green vectors of the 50s and 60s, incl lots of good interviews, and Pynchon very helpful (via faxes, or is it faxxes? more than one fax). Marcus and Xgau denounced Hajdu (who also wrote bio of Strayhorn, and the new 'un about anti-comic books crusaders) for supposedly giving F. too much credit for postive (or any) influence on budding Bobby D., but, even with the power of suggestion in M.'s and X's words, I didn't get that. It's more Hajdu the roving reporter, though of course he's constructing a narrative, however speculative. Funny that Farina the bold Byronic figure can sound too much the stereotypical four-eyed folkie for some, and I can hear why there are objections, to, say "Pack Up Your Sorrows," but like they say in Nashville (the movie, at least), hit don't bother me. Though yeah, "horrbly dated and cool" applies to more than one song-still, the nascent progressive-speculative bit is in there too...(Also really like cover of "Reno, Nevada" on Fairport Convention's Heyday--hey, there should be a tribute album!)

dow, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 18:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I love these records.
Even the odds n ends collection. Love.

ian, Monday, 24 November 2008 01:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

totally. i turned a guy on to "celebrations" the other day, i feel like i've done something for society.

wind and wtfering (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 24 November 2008 02:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

this: Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina (Paperback) is worth a look.

fascinating portrait of Dick & Mimi. in a roundabut way I suspect it might've influenced Dylan's own memoir. it got lousy reviews from the greybeards but hey, who you gonna believe, Greil Marcus or me?

m coleman, Monday, 24 November 2008 10:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^by David Hajdu

m coleman, Monday, 24 November 2008 10:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

I loved Positively 4th Street, as did everyone I know who has read it.

ian, Monday, 24 November 2008 19:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

how is this not here yet:

LaMonte, Saturday, 5 September 2009 18:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

omg mimi is so fine.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 5 September 2009 19:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

would smash.

ian, Saturday, 26 December 2009 06:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I've slept on these records for too long, for no good reason. Now for the past few days, I've been listening to them on and off. I've completely fallen in love with Mimi and Richard. At first I thought 'Reflections in a Crystal Wind' was the best folk rock record , but then I listened to 'Celebrations For A Grey Day' and now I can't decide. Has anyone heard Dick FariƱa and Eric Von Schmidt? There is a romance I fall into while listening to these records, like I get to participate in their love of each other and their love of music. Also the list on the back of the first record of what went into making it is classic!

"In whole or borrowed part then, these are songs we made up from an android synthesis of one-a-day vitamins, Tropicana orange juice, fresh country eggs, Kraft homogenized cheese, tetra-paks of fortified milk, Cheerios with sun-ripened bananas, Corn-flake-breaded chicken, hot-fudge sundaes, Dairy-Queen root-beer floats, cheeseburgers, hybrid cream-style corn, riboflavin extract, brewer's yeast, crunchy peanut butter, tuna-fish casseroles, pancakes and imitation maple syrup, chuck steaks, occasional Maine lobster, social-tea biscuits, defatted wheat germ, Kellogg's Concentrate, chopped string-beans, Wonder bread, Bosco, Bird's Eye frozen peas, shredded spinach, french-fried onion rings, escarole salads, lentil stews, sundry fowl innards, pecan-sandies, Almond Joys, aureomycin, penicillin, anti-tetanus, toxoid, smallopx vaccine, alka-seltzer, Empirin, Vick's Vapo-rub, Arrid with chlorophyl, Super-Anahist nose spray, Dristan decongestant, John Jameson's, Tullamore Dew, Cutty Shark, occasional Beefeater, Schweppes quinine water, dasrk Bacardi, vin ordinaire, Harvey's Dry Sherry, assorted Algerian herbs for the head, and what you might call general exercise."

JacobSanders, Thursday, 12 January 2012 05:08 (five years ago) Permalink

And I'd like to type out the back of 'Reflections of a Crystal Wind' where he thanks everyone, but let me have a few more glasses of wine

JacobSanders, Thursday, 12 January 2012 05:16 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I bought these records for Bruce Langhorne.

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Friday, 12 July 2013 20:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Not, as in, I purchased these records as a gift for Bruce Langhorne, but, you know, bought them because he plays on 'em. Or at least the second one, right? Must revisit.

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Friday, 12 July 2013 20:52 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

RIP Bruce Langhorne.

TS Hugo Largo vs. Al Factotum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 14 April 2017 22:36 (one month ago) Permalink

THer box set is pretty great. Is it still available? Think it was even mid price type cheap when I bought it.

Stevolende, Friday, 14 April 2017 22:39 (one month ago) Permalink


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