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Apropos to OSC, a Quick Story


This brief excerpt is from The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the memoirs of Dave Van Ronk (one of my heroes) page 75:

Years later, I was talking with him [Oscar Brand] and expressed my disgust that that he, or maybe someone else, had put on a show with Burl Ives, who had outraged us all by naming a string of names in front of HUAC. Oscar just quietly said, “Dave, we on the left do not blacklist.” Put me right in my place.



Author: skzb

I play the drum.


  1. Do you mean Oscar Brand? Of “Four Letter Words” fame?

  2. skzb

    Yes. Corrected now. Thanks.

  3. I have high but fragile hopes of the Coen Brothers biopic coming out

  4. skzb

    Yeah, exactly. Me too.

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  6. It was Zero Mostel who said that.

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