Cosponsored by the Stan Getz Library and Berklee's Liberal Arts Department, join us for a film that offers a look into the history of the greater Boston folk scene and a post-screening discussion with Betsy Siggins, founding member of Club 47 and founder of the New England Folk Music Archives. For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival documents the rich history of Club 47, the iconic Cambridge, Massachusetts folk music mecca from 1958–1968, which was later resurrected as Club Passim. The film features interviews with Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Maria and Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, Jackie Washington, Jim Rooney, and Peter Rowan, and it includes previously unreleased audio recordings and photographs of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Eric Von Schmidt.
Siggins has been a central figure in the Cambridge folk music community since she happened upon the local coffeehouse scene as a college freshman in 1958. She was a founding member of Club 47, where musicians such as Baez, Kweskin, and Von Schmidt helped to launch the folk revival. Club 47 remained the center of activity in folk music for nearly a decade. When Club 47 closed in 1968, Siggins went on to work with many nonprofits until she returned in 1997 to Club 47's successor, Club Passim, and for 12 years served as their executive director, creating nonprofit programs such as Culture for Kids, an after-school program for underserved Cambridge students; the Passim School of Music; and the Passim Archives. Now a founder of the New England Folk Music Archives/Folk New England, she has turned her energies to establishing a permanent home for the legacy of the folk music community in New England.