Play On, John: A Life in Music

Play On, John: A Life in Music

John Cohen's influence is seen and heard throughout traditional American folk music. Many believe that he is the inspiration for the Grateful Dead's famous song "Uncle John's Band." A modern-day renaissance man, he is a painter, documentary filmmaker, teacher, and photographer. This is the story of one artist's amazing body of work, featuring rare footage of Bob Dylan, interviews with Pete Seeger, and narration by Sam Shepard.

There's MORE to the story. Discover the inspirations, see the artifacts and meet the experts of the Smithsonian Institution.


    Smithsonian Folkways, the nonprofit record label, offers fifty albums on which John Cohen performed, recorded, compiled, or edited. Click the link below to view his work for Smithsonian Folkways.

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