On March 30 songwriting icon Eric Andersen will mark his 75th birthday with the release of The Essential Eric Andersen, which was recorded between 1964–2006 and features guest artists Joan Baez, David Bromberg, Rick Danko, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed, Leon Russell, and Richard Thompson. In conjunction with the release of his new project, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Andersen to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation and performance spotlighting his illustrious five-decade-long career, hosted by Executive Director Scott Goldman. Having first come to prominence in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, Andersen immediately became part of the Village folk and songwriter scene along with Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, and Dave Van Ronk, and was at the epicenter of the American Greenwich Village singer/songwriter explosion. Aside from his own classics, he’s co-written songs with Danko, Reed, Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead), and Townes Van Zandt, and his songs have been covered by artists including Bob Dylan, who covered his song "Thirsty Boots" on the former's album Another Self Portrait; The Blues Project; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Judy Collins; John Denver; Fairport Convention; the Grateful Dead; Rick Nelson; Peter, Paul & Mary; Linda Ronstadt; Linda Thompson; and Gillian Welch. Over the past 50 years, Andersen has toured the world and released over 30 albums of original music, including Blue Rain (Appleseed Recordings), his first live concert recording in Oslo with the band Spoonful of Blues, released in 2007.
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