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Young John Denver Oral History

Organized by: Carl Franzen

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Prestopino, Danoff, Conner
July 25, 2016

I just completed the second leg of my Young John Denver Oral History project, a 4,000-mile journey from Minneapolis, to New Jersey, Washington, See More

THE STORY:

I’m Carl Franzen, author of On The Road, the song John Denver recorded on his Back Home Again album. I want you to help me go on the road again. This time to produce an oral history of Young John Denver.

I want you to help me travel to capture faces and voices of those who worked with John before he became a musical and cultural icon. Songwriters like Bill Danoff—Washington DC. Jim Conner—Alabama. Mike Williams—Ohio. And touring artists Noel Paul Stookey, Tom Paxton.

I’ll pack up my gear to meet with Chad Mitchell Trio members Mike Kobluk in Spokane, David Boise in Houston, backup musician Paul Prestopino in New Jersey. And remember Michael Johnson, the last member to join the trio? He's now a Minnesota boy, just like me.

I’ll set my camera in front of sideman, Denny Brooks, and New Christy Minstrels guru, Randy Sparks, both early mentors of John in Los Angeles. I also want to chronicle what close associates, Milt Okun and Hal Thau, have to say about their early days with John. 

The oral history I collect will become part of the Young John Denver Collection, passionate, fun and classy pictures of John before he became a household name. The photography, plus memorbilia from concerts has its roots in St. Peter, Minnesota, the town where John first met, and later married, Annie Martell. 

I love this idea, hearing unique voices from John days as an emerging artist. You'll be able to catch updates on the Young John Denver Facebook page throughout the collection process. And you'll be so proud when you see the final result. Watching it in Minnesota, or Aspen, you'll turn to your friends and say, "I made this happen.”

So, wanna give me a push? Maybe a mile or two?

$900

 

18% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Kerry Miller Brewer

    $100

  • JoAnn Paradis

    $50

  • Paul Phillips

    $100

  • Linda Brown

    $50

  • John Johnson

    $250

  • Joan Hess Russell

    $50

  • John Marlowe

    $50

  • Nancy Azzam

    $50

  • Peter Roelands

    $50

  • Steve & Patricia Busch

    $100

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Carl Franzen

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Donor Comments

Steve & Patricia Busch

Steve & Patricia Busch

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Peter Roelands

Peter Roelands

DONATION: $50

Great project Carl. It will be nice to hear the story behind John's music. 2 years ago

Nancy Azzam

Nancy Azzam

DONATION: $50

St. Peter Minnesota is a wonderful small town! Good luck! 2 years ago

John Marlowe

John Marlowe

DONATION: $50

Great project, Carl 2 years ago

Joan Hess Russell

Joan Hess Russell

DONATION: $50

Happy to help. Good luck with your meaningful project. Peace, Joan 2 years ago

John Johnson

John Johnson

DONATION: $250

In tribute to friend Carl Franzen. 2 years ago

Linda Brown

Linda Brown

DONATION: $50

Good luck Carl!! Can't wait 2 years ago

Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

JoAnn Paradis

JoAnn Paradis

DONATION: $50

Love this idea Carl!! Good luck and give us up dates along the way!! 2 years ago

Kerry Miller Brewer

Kerry Miller Brewer

DONATION: $100

So looking forward to the memories you collect!! 2 years ago

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