Andersen, Eric

Persona

Eric Andersen fa parte di quel gruppo di cantautori emersi nella calda scena del Greenwich Village degli anni Sessanta, tra cui Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin, Buffy St. Marie, Dave Van Ronk e molti altri. La sua carriera comincia nel 1964, quando giunge proprio al Greenwich Village di New York, e dopo alcune esibizioni al Gerde's Folk City e al Gaslight Café viene recensito entusiasticamente sul New York Times. Poco dopo firma il suo primo contratto con l'etichetta Vanguard con cui realizza nel 1965 il suo disco d'esordio che lo propone come figura primaria della scena cantautorale americana. La sua "Thirsty Boots" diviene uno degli inni del Movimento dei Diritti Civili americano. Tutti i suoi album vengono accolti con entusiasmo dalla critica, che ha sempre lodato la sua vena poetica ed evocativa, specialmente nell'album "Blue River" (1972), il suo maggior successo commerciale, in cui partecipa anche Joni Mitchell. A partire dagli anni Ottanta Andersen si è trasferito in Norvegia, continuando a tenere tournée negli Stati Uniti, dove nel 1989 ha realizzato il disco "Ghosts Upon The Road". Negli anni Novanta ha dato vita a un gruppo di successo The Trio composto dal cantante norvegese Jonas Fjield e dal componente del gruppo "The Band" Rick Danko. Canzoni di Andersen sono state incise negli anni da artisti come John Denver, Judy Collins, Blues Project, Grateful Dead, Linda Ronstadt, Fairport Convention e Joan Baez.

Eric Andersen is one of those singer-songwriters who started their careers at the Greenwich Village during the Sixties, such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin, Buffy St. Marie, Dave Van Ronk, etc. He arrived at the New York Greenwich Village in 1964 and after some shows at the Gerde's Folk City and at the Gaslight Café, he was enthusiastically reviewed by the New York Times. Later, he signed his first contract with the Vanguard studio with which in 1965 he realized the album that made him one of the greatest singer-songwriters in the United States. His "Thirsty Boots" became one of the hymns of the American Civil Rights Movement. His albums were all positively judged by the critics for their poetic and evocative inspiration: this can be noticed especially in "Blue River" (1972), Andersen's main commercial success, done with the participation of Joni Mitchell. In the Eighties Andersen moved to Norway, but he continued with his tours in the United States where, in 1989, he recorded the album "Ghosts Upon The Road". In the Nineties, together with the Norwegian singer Jonas Fjield and Rick Danko, a member of "The Band", he formed a group called "The Trio", which became very famus. Some of Andersen's songs were also recorded by artists such as John Denver, Judy Collins, Blues Project, Grateful Dead, Linda Ronstadt, Fairport Convention and Joan Baez.

Bibliografia

Discografia sintetica:

"Today is the highway", Vanguard, 1965
"Bout changes and things", Vanguard, 1966
"Bout changes and things take 2", Vanguard, 1967
"More hits from Tin Can Alley", Vanguard, 1967
"A country dream", Vanguard, 1968
"Avalanche", Warner, 1969
"Eric Andersen", Warner, 1970
"The best of Eric Andersen", Vanguard, 1971 (antologia)
"Blue river", Columbia, 1972
"Be true to you", Arista, 1975
"Sweet surprise", Arista, 1976
"The best songs", Arista, 1977 (antologico con tre brani dal vivo)
"Midnight son", CBS, 1979
"Istanbul", EMI, 1984 colonna sonora
"Tight in the night, Wind And Sand", 1985
"Ghosts upon the road", Gold Castle, 1989
"Stages: the lost album", Sony, 1991
"Exile", Important Records, 1994, antologia
"Collections", Archivi, 1997, antologia con un inedito
"Memory of the future", Appleseed, 1998
"You Can't Relive the Past", Appleseed, 2000
"Beat Avenue", Appleseed, 2003
"The Street Was Always There", Appleseed , 2004