Richard Fariña
Novelist, short story writer, singer
Richard Fariña
Richard George Fariña was an American writer and folksinger.
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Bourne and band go beyond the blues - Waterloo Record
Google News - over 5 years
After performing with the likes of David Blue, Richard Farina and Richie Havens, Bruce Murdoch returned to Canada and moved to Alberta where he worked as a teacher, firefighter. Murdoch released a self-titled debut album in 1980, performed sporadically
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Revenge of the Meat-Eating Megatherium - Wired News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Nearly 200 years after Jefferson's description, though, Richard Farina and Ernesto Blanco proposed that some giant sloths may have eaten meat, after all. They called their paper “Megatherium, the stabber.” Farina and Blanco's paper focused on how
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鲍勃-迪伦70大寿 滚石杂志评选十大经典歌曲 - 金鹰网
Google News - over 5 years
1964年夏天,迪伦在伍德斯托克创作了这首歌,当时,琼-贝茨(Joan Baez)、咪咪-法里纳(Mimi Farina)和理查德-法里纳(Richard Farina)还都是迪伦家的常客。在这首歌中,迪伦将原本想好的政治化的歌词做了一些改动。与其指
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鲍勃-迪伦70大寿 滚石杂志评选十大经典歌曲 - 凤凰网
Google News - over 5 years
1964年夏天,迪伦在伍德斯托克创作了这首歌,当时,琼-贝茨(Joan Baez)、咪咪-法里纳(Mimi Farina)和理查德-法里纳(Richard Farina)还都是迪伦家的常客。在这首歌中,迪伦将原本想好的政治化的歌词做了一些改动。与其指
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Today in Music History - April 30 - mysask.com (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
In 1966, folk singer and songwriter Richard Farina died in a motorcycle crash in Carmel, Calif. following a party to launch his book, "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me." He was 30. Farina recorded several albums with his wife Mimi,
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Book Review: Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob ... - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Google News - almost 6 years
In some sense this is the story of a quartet of unusual people: the queen of folk, Joan Baez; the prince, soon to become king, Bob Dylan; the queen's little sister, Mimi; and the court jester, Richard Farina. But in their story, there is the story of a
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Things Are What They Used to Be
NYTimes - about 16 years
I have been trying to remember the night I first saw Jane Monheit, but a synaptic gremlin keeps switching on my childhood memory of watching the Beatles on ''The Ed Sullivan Show.'' The reason, surely, is their hair, so startling in both cases that it distracted me from the music. Monheit was about 20, and she was sitting in with a small jazz combo
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Pynchon's Letters Nudge His Mask
NYTimes - almost 19 years
In his private correspondence, Thomas Pynchon, a famously reclusive author, offers extraordinary insights into his creative process as well as his insecurities, angers, passions and his day-to-day life. At various times, he questions his talent as a writer and called one of his novels a potboiler. But on at least one occasion, he is struck by a
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To the Undefeated Jets, The Preseason Matters
NYTimes - over 19 years
There was an acclaimed novel of the 1960's, about the time Joe Namath was becoming famous, called ''Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me.'' It was written by Richard Farina and in the decades that followed it could have become the motto of Jets fans everywhere -- and of the players, too. Which is why Coach Bill Parcells, a pragmatist, believes
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Sports of The Times; Husky Fans Celebrate, Then Suffer
NYTimes - almost 22 years
THE tiny sect of fans used to resort to kidnapping just to get people to watch basketball at the University of Connecticut. Now people volunteer to witness these events. Yesterday had the potential of being the most glorious day yet for the state of Connecticut. Shortly after high noon, the undefeated and top-ranked Connecticut women held off
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Free Help From Lawyers Helps Tenants Avoid Eviction
NYTimes - over 22 years
LIKE many tenants involved in feuds with their landlords, Vilmarie and Hector Vasquez decided not to pay their $700 rent until long-needed repairs were made in the four-room apartment they share with their two teen-age children here. Their landlord, Target Realty of Yonkers, responded by serving them with eviction papers. If it were not for a
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Sports of The Times; Same-Old, Same-Old For New York's Team
NYTimes - over 23 years
FOR nearly 10 months, the Columbia University football team was riding a winning streak of epic proportions. Two games. But yesterday the streak was in terrible jeopardy, what with the opening of the 1993 season. Columbia was opening on the road. And against Harvard, whom it had not beaten in 14 years, or since the presidency of James Earl Carter.
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New Jersey Guide
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: NEW BRITISH FARCE NEW BRITISH FARCE ''Two Into One,'' with Tony Randall, Millicent Martin and Paxton Whitehead, will have its United States premiere Wednesday at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. The play, a farce by the British playwright Ray Cooney, is about a Member of Parliament who enlists the help of his very proper and disapproving
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PAPERBACKS: NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
NYTimes - almost 34 years
A CHAIN OF VOICES. By Andre Brink. (Penguin, $5.95.) This engrossing novel by a South African writer, which portrays an early 19th-century slave revolt in the rugged country northeast of Capetown, illuminates the present and the past. As the characters' voices combine to tell the story, the book explores ''the fullest meaning of slaveholding as a
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Fariña
    TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 28
    On April 30, 1966, two days after the publication of his novel, Fariña attended a book-signing ceremony at a Carmel Valley Village bookstore, the Thunderbird.
    More Details Hide Details Later that day, while at a party to celebrate his wife Mimi Fariña's twenty-first birthday, Fariña saw a guest with a motorcycle, who later gave Fariña a ride up Carmel Valley Road, heading east toward the rural Cachagua area of Carmel Valley. At an S-turn the driver lost control. The motorcycle tipped over on the right side of the road, came back to the other side, and tore through a barbed wire fence into a field where a small vineyard now exists. The driver survived, but Fariña was killed instantly. According to Pynchon's preface to Been Down, the police said the motorcycle must have been traveling at, even though "a prudent speed" would have been. Fariña is buried in a simple grave, its marker emblazoned with a peace sign, at Monterey City Cemetery, in Monterey, California.
    Fariña is known for his novel, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, originally published by Random House in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details The title comes from the Furry Lewis song "I Will Turn Your Money Green" ("I been down so long/It seem like up to me"). The novel, based largely on his college experiences and travels, is a comic picaresque novel, set in 1958 in the American West, in Cuba during the Cuban Revolution, and mostly at Cornell University (called "Mentor University" in the novel). The protagonist is Gnossos Pappadopoulis, who enjoys dope, feta cheese, Red Cap ale and retsina, attacks authority figures with anarchic glee and lusts after the girl in the green knee-socks while searching for the right karma. The book has become something of a cult classic among fans of 1960s and counterculture literature. Thomas Pynchon, who later dedicated his book Gravity's Rainbow (1973) to Fariña, described Fariña's novel as "coming on like the Hallelujah Chorus done by 200 kazoo players with perfect pitch... hilarious, chilling, sexy, profound, maniacal, beautiful, and outrageous all at the same time."
  • 1965
    Age 27
    During the brief life of Richard Fariña, the couple released only one other album, Reflections in a Crystal Wind, also in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details A third album, Memories, was issued in 1968, after his death. Fariña, like Dylan and others of this time, was considered a protest singer, and several of his songs are overtly political. Several critics have considered Fariña to be a major folk music talent of the 1960s. ("If Richard had survived that motorcycle accident, he would have easily given Dylan a run for his money." – Ed Ward). His best-known songs are, "Pack Up Your Sorrows" and "Birmingham Sunday", the latter of which was recorded by Joan Baez and became better known after it became the theme song for Spike Lee's film, 4 Little Girls, a documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
  • 1964
    Age 26
    They debuted their act as "Richard & Mimi Fariña" at the Big Sur Folk Festival in 1964 and signed a contract with Vanguard Records.
    More Details Hide Details They recorded their first album, Celebrations for a Grey Day, in 1965, with the help of Bruce Langhorne, who had previously played for Dylan.
  • 1963
    Age 25
    Hester divorced Fariña soon thereafter, and Fariña married 17-year-old Mimi in April 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas Pynchon was the best man. They moved to a small cabin in Carmel, California, where they composed songs with a guitar and Appalachian dulcimer.
  • 1962
    Age 24
    Fariña then traveled to Europe, where he met Mimi Baez, the teenage sister of Joan Baez, in the spring of 1962.
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  • 1961
    Age 23
    Fariña was present when Hester recorded her third album at Columbia studios during September 1961, where a then-little-known Bob Dylan played harmonica on several tracks.
    More Details Hide Details Fariña became a good friend of Dylan's; their friendship is a major topic of David Hajdu's book, Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña, and Richard Fariña.
  • 1959
    Age 21
    He was suspended for alleged participation in a student demonstration against campus regulations, and although he later resumed his status as a student, he dropped out in 1959, just before graduation.
    More Details Hide Details Back in Manhattan, Fariña became a regular patron of the White Horse Tavern, the well-known Greenwich Village tavern frequented by poets, artists, and folksingers, where he befriended Tommy Makem. It was there that he met Carolyn Hester, a successful folk singer. They married eighteen days later. Fariña appointed himself Hester's agent; they toured worldwide while Fariña worked on his novel and Carolyn performed gigs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on March 8, 1937.
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