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Fast Folk Musical Magazine

The Fast Folk Musical Magazine, formed in New York in 1982 as a songwriter/performer cooperative, was an outlet for singer/songwriters to release their first recordings. Alumni who recorded first for Fast Folk include Grammy Award-winners Lyle Lovett, Suzanne Vega, Julie Gold, Tracy Chapman, and Shawn Colvin, as well as John Gorka, Suzy Bogus, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky of Cry Cry Cry, and hundreds of others here and abroad. The collection includes the master recording tapes, magazines, and paper records of the organization.

A finding aid is currently being prepared and will be posted as soon as it is available.

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Cover of Fast Folk Musical Magazine (Vol. 1, No. 1). Courtesy of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.