Stefan Grossman - Those Pleasant Days

Artist: Stefan Grossman

Album: Those Pleasant Days (1971)


Stefan Grossman is an American guitarist, teacher and businessman and…



16 April 1945, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Grossman discovered traditional music during his forays into Manhattan's Greenwich Village. He studied under Rev. Gary Davis and absorbed the country blues technique of Son House, Mississippi John Hurt and Skip James before forming the influential Even Dozen Jug Band in 1963. Three years later, Grossman recorded and annotated the instruction record How To Play Blues Guitar, and worked with the Fugs, a radical East Side poet/bohemian unit. He also played with the Chicago Loop, which featured pianist Barry Goldberg, prior to leaving for Europe in 1967. He remained in Italy and Britain for many years, recording a succession of impressive, if clinical, country blues albums. A superb guitarist, his work is best heard on his early 70s recordings Yazoo Basin Boogie, The Ragtime Cowboy Jew and Hot Dogs, while further tuition albums provided valuable insights into the rudiments of different techniques. In the late 70s Grossman helped establish the Kicking Mule label, which acted as a channel for his own releases and those working in a similar vein, notably his frequent collaborator John Renbourn.


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