Pete Molinari - dapper troubador
Pete Molinari - dapper troubador
The Cohen brothers rank amongst my favourite filmmakers and loved their affectionate take on the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene, Inside Llewyn Davis. Someone else who holds that time and vision close to his heart is the dapper Pete Molinari. Pete’s Wild Hare Club gig was just when he was beginning to make a name for himself and since then he’s gone on to bigger things, cutting some great records, singing with Yoko at Meltdown and even getting the thumbs up from ‘The Boss’.

Of course, some of the best Wild Hare moments take place round the kitchen table at WHC HQ and one of the best of the best was hearing Pete sing Goodnight Irene, the most tender and beautiful rendition of one of those timeless songs.

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Everybody knows the story of my meeting with Patti Smith but she’s not the only one of the artists of the New York underground scene of the late 1970s who I’ve met. Yes, of the CBGB centred scene-makers, I’ve also talked to John Cale and Richard Hell, exchanged grunts with Tom Verlaine and hung with Lenny Kaye. OK I confess to having engineered these encounters, mainly by blagging my way backstage, but my coming face-to-face with the Queen of NYC cool, Debbie Harry, that was totally unexpected.

When Richard Met Debbie

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