Re: RARA-AVIS: Lawrence Block, satirical songwriter

From: Tim Wohlforth (
Date: 01 Apr 2007

I would also add that the bar Block and Van Ronk hung out in was right next to the Stonewall, made famous when gays rebelled against police harassment. As Van Ronk told it, and he liked to tell tales, he was there that night next door and joined in the fight when the gays poured out of their bar. Van Ronk, in any event was a bit of a romantic and an anarchist. Perhaps Block has in his own way a bit of that spirit. On Apr 1, 2007, at 4:48 PM, wrote:

> Didn't Block also write the introduction to Van Ronk's recent,
> posthumous autobiography?
> Mark
> ps -- Van Ronk's is my favorite version of Teddy Bear's Picnic,
> though I
> think that's later in his career than this Folkways set.

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