Beat News: November 5 1999

Music News
I've written a lot here about David Amram's appearances at poetry readings and events recently, but now a more serious event has occurred. The farmhouse where David lives with his family, in Peekskill Valley just north of New York City, has burnt down. The house was not insured, the family is seeking shelter with friends, and a fund has been set up for those who want to help the situation with a small (or large) contribution. The mailing address is:

David Amram
c/o Toshi and Pete Seeger
Box 431
Beacon NY 12508
(checks made out to David Amram and marked "gift" are tax-deductible)

I don't make a practice of mentioning fund-raising efforts in these pages, but David is one of the most generous and good-hearted people I've ever met, and I know there are people out there who have gotten a lot out of his music and would like the chance to give something back now that it is needed. If you'd like to know about a benefit performance that will take place somewhere early next year, write to Brian Hassett at And, if you've never seen David sing or play piano (or french horn, or guitar, or his collection of Native American flutes, etc.) you can buy his excellent new CD, 'Southern Stories' and hear what everybody's been raving about.

This article is part of the series Beat News. The next post in the series is Beat News: November 19 1999. The previous post in the series is Beat News: October 8 1999.
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