Trouser Press Books to publish The Bleecker Street Tapes: Echoes of Greenwich Village

Article Contributed by Big Hassle Media | Published on Saturday, May 13, 2023

Trouser Press Books is proud to announce The Bleecker Street Tapes: Echoes Of Greenwich Village, a new collection of profiles and essays by veteran music journalist Bruce Pollock to be published in paperback and e-book on June 6. Pre-orders are available now.



From the coffeehouses of Greenwich Village to the stage at Woodstock, folksingers became a powerful cultural force in the 1960s. Mixing music and politics, tradition and innovation, romance and righteousness, these men and women were outspoken voices for their generation, each with a story to tell. Now, more than a half-century later, The Bleecker Street Tapes sees Bruce Pollock, a Village resident and clubgoer during folk’s heyday, expertly capturing the extraordinary life and times of these legendary artists through insightful interviews and contemporary appraisals of such icons as Leonard Cohen, Loudon Wainwright III, Roger McGuinn, The Roches, Dave Van Ronk, Suzanne Vega, John Sebastian, Phil Ochs, Peter Tork, Maria Muldaur, Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Harry Chapin, Melanie, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Don McLean, Peter, Paul & Mary, Tuli Kupferberg, Eric Andersen, and more.

The interviews and articles collected here speak for themselves,” writes Bruce Pollock in the book’s introduction, “about the highs and lows of the era as experienced by those on the ground, just as the music they gave us still speaks to a dimming memory as frustrating as a dream lost to the daylight.”


Folk music has a contradictory mission – to preserve tradition and to screw with it. In his incisive collection of interviews with key folk stars from the ‘60s through the ‘80s, Bruce Pollock captures both functions perfectly. His flowing conversations with the stars show the traditions they honored as well as the many ways they pushed them forward.”

– Jim Farber, music critic, editor, and writer

(New York Daily News, MOJO, The Guardian)

Bruce Pollock was in the right place at the right time, and this book is a time capsule from a memorable era.”

– Elijah Wald, author of The Mayor of MacDougal Street and Dylan Goes Electric!

Bruce Pollock is perhaps the most important scholar of American pop music.”

– Greg Shaw, Bomp!

Bruce Pollock’s Working Musicians is a marvelous, compulsively readable book – not only an invaluable resource (and an instant education) for any aspiring musician but also a treasure trove of good reading and new insights and perspectives for any music lover. Few books about music come so close to the truth about how it really comes into existence.”

– Paul Williams, founder of Crawdaddy!

Panoramic and focused, scholarly yet streetwise, By the Time We Got to Woodstock succeeds on the depth of Bruce Pollock’s knowledge of the history of a seismic year in pop culture, and the energy of his perspective, effectively lashing the strands of this fractious era together. The book is its worthy, comprehensive postmortem.”

– Pop Matters


Bruce Pollock is an ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Award-winning author, editor, rock historian, and record producer. He has published 15 books on rock music, including By the Time We Got to Woodstock: The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution of 1969 and In Their Own Words. He was the founding Editor in Chief of the magazine Guitar for the Practicing Musician, an Executive A&R Producer at BMG and Sony BMG, and columnist for Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Viva, Video Review, the Gannett Westchester Newspapers, and Pollock was recently a guest lecturer for two semesters at Fairfield University, teaching a course on the “History of Rock and Roll.” For more, please see  


Trouser Press Books, a division of Trouser Press LLC, is an independent publisher based in New York City that specializes in music journalism and literary fiction. Editorial Director Ira Robbins co-founded the legendary rock magazine Trouser Press in 1974 and now operates its website. For more information, please visit