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    My uncle and my grandfather both worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    One of my earliest memories... I knew three full verses of the Star Spangled Banner when I was seven or eight years old. And one of the nuns discovered this phenomenon and I was actually sent around from classroom to classroom to do the whole thing.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: memory  star  year 
     
    Most blues don't have a beginning, middle, or end. You just cut a couple slices of blues.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    Ian and Sylvia, who, when you got right down to it, were essentially country and western singers. I just recorded his Four Strong Winds. It's a wonderful song.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: right  strong  song 
     
    In the early 1970s. 1971, '72. The rooms were closing down, record labels weren't signing acoustic acts any more. Although they had been pretty much been getting out of that for some time before that.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: time 
     
    Sometimes you have to forget your principles and do what's right.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: right 
     
    I'm a very, very stubborn man.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: men 
     
    I cut myself off from the mainstream of jazz. It stood me in good stead later on, as a musician.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    I don't think I went a year or so without a record between 1959 and 1979, sometimes two.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: year 
     
    I think I have more in common with a carpenter than you might think. We're putting things together.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    I'm an exhibitionist, I was an exhibitionist as a kid.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: kids 
     
    Most of what I listen to now is mainstream jazz from 1935 right up to and including early bebop and cool jazz.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: right 
     
    When you're working in front of an audience, you have incentive to excel.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    If I do a piece in my living room, if I practice it - and I have the tapes to prove this - it's not going to be as good as doing the same piece in front of an audience.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: living 
     
    If there was ever any truth to the trickle-down theory, the only evidence of it I've ever seen was in that period of 1960 to 1965. All of sudden they were handing out major label recording contracts like they were coming in Cracker Jack boxes.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: truth 
     
    If you asked anybody in my family, they would have very stridently proclaimed themselves middle class. My mother and father were separated, so he doesn't count.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: father  mother 
     
    There is an apprenticeship system in jazz. You teach the young ones. So even if the musicians weren't personally that likable, they felt an obligation to help the younger musicians.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: young  help 
     
    And then adds with a laugh, 'but in retrospect I think he may have been more sophisticated than we were.'
    — Dave Van Ronk
    By the mid-70s, I wanted to get out of the business. I was tired anyway.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: business 
     
    If you look at music, you see theme, variation, you see symmetry, asymmetry, you see structure, and these are related to skills in the real world.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: world  real  music 
     
    You can't be afraid of failure and you can't be afraid of success, because either one gets in the way of your work.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: failure  work  success  afraid 
     
    God has a way of telling you when to change your strings.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: god 
     
    Honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone - and hurt them to the bone - you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time.
    — Dave Van Ronk
    tags: time  hurt  honesty  games 
     
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