The Song Journal

Miscellaneous news and writing by Bob Franke, mostly about songs as a portable art form, and the process of creating them and enabling them to do their work in the world.

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from Bob Franke began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1965 while a student at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation in 1969 with an A.B. in English Literature, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has since made New England his home. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

RIP Hamilton Camp

Hamilton Camp, actor, singer and songwriter, has passed on at age 70. One of my early trips to the Kerrville Folk Festival found me sitting in the audience while Mr. Camp did a set from the main stage. He was an inspiration. Instead of resting on his laurels and doing a nostalgia set (during the early sixties he and his partner Bob Gibson were one of the hottest tickets of the folk boom in Chicago) he was taking chances right and left in a fascinating and compelling set, and singing songs that said things that needed to be said. I hope, like him, to be an artist to the end of my life.


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