Monday, May 21, 2007

The Cradle

I know a bunch of people (myself included) who have talked seriously about writing a history of Chapel Hill music or at least a history of the Cat's Cradle. Kathleen Kearns has now written a very good article on the history of the Cradle but unfortunately it was published in the Carolina Alumni Review, which requires one to be a member to read online. I've pdf'ed the article and while I don't want to post it here, I'll be happy to email it to anyone that is interested (just drop me a line). PC/Lex - I've already sent you a copy. I remember walking down Franklin Street while we still owned Rhythm Alley and being introduced to Frank Heath by Richard Fox, who was going in with Frank and with Billy Johnson to buy the place from DR. Twenty years later, Frank is still running the show (and booking shows in venues in Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh and further afield) and still putting the music before anything else. Unbelievable.

There's also a very good article on some of the 60's protest movements on campus (civil rights, free speech/anti-Speaker Ban, anti-war, etc.) written by UNC professor and fellow photographer Peter Filene. If you're a member, you can find the Review here online.



At 10:51 PM, Blogger Ruby Sinreich said...

I would LOVE to see Kathleen's story about the Cradle's history. It's a part of my own childhood!

Can you e-mail to me at my first name Thanks!

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello there,
I have enjoyed looking at your rhythm alley ephemera. I would very much like to see the Cradle essay. I occasionally go to shows at Nightlight and I am interested in the history of the space. If you still have a copy of the pdf please email it if it is not too much trouble. I looked for it elsewhere online, but to no avail. Thanks for saving it.

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