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Sep 16, 2019 - 7:19:46 PM



2372 posts since 1/15/2014

Sad news- John Cohen (of New Lost City Ramblers fame) passed away earlier today. RIP.

Edited by - csacwp on 09/16/2019 19:20:09

Sep 16, 2019 - 8:40:14 PM
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3660 posts since 3/11/2004

Sad news indeed. Thanks for sharing, John. 


Sep 16, 2019 - 10:34:27 PM
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39793 posts since 3/7/2006

He was one of the greates old-time players.

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:29:09 PM



9214 posts since 1/22/2003

Originally posted by janolov

He was one of the greates old-time players.

He sure was…

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:53:58 PM
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22312 posts since 6/25/2005

Last of the original NLCR. And an important music collector, filmmaker and photographer.

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:52:25 AM

29 posts since 4/8/2019

It's sad to hear the news of John Cohen's passing. His playing with the New Lost City Ramblers inspired many of us, but his recording, his films and his writing gave dimension to the world of the banjo, and he treated the sources of old-time music with reverence and respect. If he had done nothing more than produce the banjo recording, High Atmosphere: Ballads and Banjo Tunes from Virginia and North Carolina (1975), that would have been enough to influence the old-time banjo world. But his films, like The High Lonesome Sound gave us insights into the world of real musicians and how and why they made their music. And read his introduction the the New Lost City Ramblers Songbook. Thank you John, and rest in peace.


Sep 17, 2019 - 3:58:52 AM

19 posts since 11/29/2012

What an amazing and full life and an inspiration. My girlfriend took courses with him at SUNY Purchase in the 80's...R.I.P.

They start at about 16:30 :

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:27:59 AM
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521 posts since 10/6/2017

Sad. Luckilly for us, he released a final book just last week

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:38:15 AM
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500 posts since 5/19/2018

He died peacefully listening to music.

God bless John...Thank You for the music.

Rest in peace.

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:23:10 AM
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R Buck


2677 posts since 9/5/2006

I met and played music with him a couple of times. I knew Tracy Schwarz pretty well a long time ago and Mike Seeger, but John and I did not cross paths that often. He did some might fine research and his photography and videoography were great. He was a sweet soul and now only Tracy and perhaps Tom Paley are left from that influential group of now, so long ago. As you get older you almost get used to hearing this kind of news. Almost but no. Rest In Peace as you leave this mortal plane.

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:58:04 AM
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2005 posts since 12/16/2007

A fine old time musician, collector and artist who shared his talents and artistic endeavors with all of us. Thank you, John, and we'll miss you.

Sep 17, 2019 - 6:43:34 AM

R Buck


2677 posts since 9/5/2006

As was pointed out to me by Lew Stern, Tom Paley died 2 years ago. It gets harder to keep track of all of this for me. How's it going for you all? The world as I knew it is drawing nigh and a new one is going forth. Thanks Lew for reminding me. Tom and I had a vigorous correspondence 20 to 25 years ago, was it that long? Miss them all and Tracy was pretty cranky and deaf last time I saw him. Oh well.

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:39:19 AM

6314 posts since 6/27/2009

It feels like I’ve lost another family member. What an icon he will always be.

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:49:15 AM

37 posts since 11/16/2009

R.I.P. one of the legends on Old Timey music.

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:48:59 AM
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411 posts since 2/23/2010

John Cohen with The Downhill Strugglers... the torch has been passed.

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:06:42 PM

5148 posts since 12/20/2005

I never met him in person, but we did correspond through email a lot. He was always friendly and helpful. Honestly, I did not know of all I have seen here. He was simply a very knowledgeable, helpful and great guy. I will miss him.

My most sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:42:12 PM

3315 posts since 1/2/2004

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:36:29 PM

3315 posts since 1/2/2004

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:31:02 AM

786 posts since 3/23/2006

Last time I saw John was in March when he brought his banjo to finger-pick at a Cajun jam in Putnam County, NY, just down the road from his home. He was a frequent presence and inspiration to many of us -- not just in his music and visual art, but how he chose to lead his life.

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:31:32 PM

831 posts since 10/31/2007

Saw him back in the 70's at Washington Square Church.
Wonderful musician and nice person.

Sep 20, 2019 - 3:58:18 PM



32 posts since 1/14/2017

I owe him much in my lifelong musical journey...bought the early volumes in the NLCR discography in 1982 and I read and reread those typed liner inserts. Hours and hours of listening time with John and Tom and Mike. Every song on those NLCR LPs, and the originals they are based on, they are part of the soundtrack for my life. RIP...

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