Dirty Linen mentioned in Sing Out!

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We’re thrilled to read Sing Out! editor Mark Moss’s kind words about Dirty Linen in the latest issue of Sing Out! (Volume 53#4 — Summer 2010).  While many considered us to be competitors or rivals, we felt that we were in the same leaky rowboat. With broken oars. Trying to go up the waterfall. Alligators all around.  Hungry lions on the shoreline.

It’s not easy putting out a quality print magazine covering non-mainstream music with a staff of fewer than half of what is needed and a budget that leaves no room for error. But great music and people — writers, photographers, musicians, readers alike — make it all worthwhile.

Thanks Mark!


Newsflash: Driftwood Music Magazine


DriftwoodDriftwood has been spotted floating toward shore…

Driftwood Music Magazine has been launched! Many former Dirty Linen writers have teamed up with writers who contributed to Paste, Music Monthly, and other fine publications to bring you the best in folk, roots, world, and rock music commentary.

Sue and I wholeheartedly support this effort and wish Driftwood much success.


Stories From a Delta Bridal Room

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Georgianne Nienaber was preparing articles for Dirty Linen, but, alas, none of them saw print as issues were canceled.  RootsWorld has published Georgianne’s talk with Southern songwriters Caroline Herring, Claire Holley, and Kate Campbell about their tribute to author and photographer Eudora Welty.

Dirty Linen mentioned in Folk Alliance International newsletter

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We are honored to be prominently mentioned in the current Folk Alliance International newsletter.

Folk Alliance International newsletter cover

Folk Alliance International newsletter cover


Sandy Denny on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

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NPR’s “All Things Considered” had a much too-short story on Sandy Denny as one of the “50 Great Voices” series today. Contributions from Richard and Linda Thompson.

The Darwin Song Project

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Former Dirty Linen writer Kerry Dexter has published an article on the Darwin Song Project: Eight Songwriters and a Scientist. Chris Wood, Karine Polwart, Mark Erelli, Rachael McShane, Jez Lowe, Stu Hanna, Krista Detor, and Emily Smith were invited by the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in Charles Darwin’s hometown to celebrate Darwin’s bicentennial in 2009.

Dirty Linen Back Issue Sale!


We have a basement full of collector’s items. Dirty Linen featured your favorite artists, don’t miss out! Check our magazine sale page to find out how you can get your back issues of Dirty Linen before they’re gone. And you’ll help us clean out the basement…

2009 Interview with Paul Hartman

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Here’s an interview I did last year that might still be of interest.

Paul Hartman on Dirty Linen

— Paul Hartman

The “Spinal Tap” of Morris Dancing?

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A note to our friends in the U.K. — Morris: A Life With Bells On will be making its television premiere on UKTV Blighty this Saturday 29 May at 8pm. Following the film, Morris the Making Of will feature the trials and tribulations of filming a California beach in rainy Dorset! That and other production secrets revealed by filmmakers Chaz Oldham and Lucy Akhurst.

Morris the Movie Widget

Spine Ticklers

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One popular feature of Dirty Linen is the “spine tickler” — the little words of wisdom (or something) on the spine where one would normally expect to see a list of contents of that issue. When Dirty Linen changed from saddle stitched (stapled) to perfect bound (with a spine) starting with issue #26, we chose to use the space differently. Over the years many people have asked what they mean, so it’s time to explain.

1) If you read them all in a row they tell a story. You need to fill in a few minor gaps, though. This was a clever marketing trick to make people buy every issue for fear of not being able to follow the plot. (Years later this idea was stolen by the producers of “Lost.”)

2) That part of the cover was intended to be blank. The spine ticklers were added by aliens between the time we sent the magazine to the printer and when it arrived at the printer. We attempted various solutions, including the trilithium gonkulator ray, tin foil (shiny side out, of course), and various Babylonian incantations spelled out in a bowl of Rice Krispies one morning, all to no avail.

3) They are clues that will be included in a better book than The DaVinci Code. A high-budget Hollywood film will follow starring Tom Hanks as Uncle Biff, Cecil will be played by Big Bird, and James will play himself.

4) It’s one small way for the editors to remain sane in the face of a looming deadline.

5) It’s a manifestation of #4 not working.

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