For more than forty years, blues guitarist and songmaker Marc
Silber has been known as a "musician's musician by an elite circle
of players. Originally from Michigan, Marc hit the road in 1960 for Berkeley,
eventually winding up in New York City in 1963 just as the burgeoning
folk revival was hitting its stride. There he founded and ran FRETTED
INSTRUMENTS, the legendary Greenwich Village music store, with Izzy young
of the New York Folklore Center.
Before it closed in 1967, Fretted Instruments
was the gathering point for the great musicians who shaped the era.
A typical day might find folks like Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend
Gary Davis, Bob Dylan, John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur, Elizabeth Cotten,
David Grisman, and Mance Lipscomb hanging out and jamming, and Marc
was right in the middle of it with his guitar.
one of the first to recognize the intrinsic beauty and value of vintage
instruments, he chose not to pursue a professional music career and
returned to Berkeley, where he opened a music store (currently located
at 2547-8th St., # 18-B) and museum. Through the years, he has continued
to play his own deep-rooted music, making new songs and rewriting
old ones, teaching blues guitar, and collecting, building, and repairing
musical instruments. This is his first album, and it is about time
the rest of the world gets to hear this wonderful musician.