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Saratoga’s Caffè Lena Featured In New York Times

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Saratoga Springs’ own Caffè Lena is getting a lot of a buzz lately due to a recently released ethnographic book entitled “Caffè Lena: Inside America’s Legendary Folk Music Coffeehouse,” written by Jocelyn Arem ’04. The book tracks the folk legacy of Caffè Lena through oral histories, photos, and a CD box set audio archive, featuring the likes of Don McLean, Arlo Guthrie, and Bob Dylan strumming at Lena’s humble open mics when nobody knew their names.

Yesterday the New York Times published a piece promoting Arem’s book and celebrating the history of Caffè Lena, claiming it “Folk Music Heaven.” They went on to say of the multi facets of the book, “together they make a case for the club as a landmark outpost of folk music in America, and for [Lena] Spencer as a sharp-eyed and nurturing force for the music.”

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