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The Past Didn't Go Anywhere A fast talker fond of long words and self-deprecating jabs (''Folk music is boring''), on The Past Didn't Go Anywhere, 61-year-old ...The Past Didn't Go AnywhereRock, Folk A fast talker fond of long words and self-deprecating jabs (''Folk music is boring''), on The Past Didn't Go Anywhere, 61-year-old ...1996-11-08
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The Past Didn't Go Anywhere

Genre: Rock, Folk; Lead Performers: Ani DiFranco, Utah Phillips; Producer (group): Righteous Babe

A fast talker fond of long words and self-deprecating jabs (”Folk music is boring”), on The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere, 61-year-old anarchist troubadour Utah Phillips rambles about being a dad, war deserter, and political candidate. Both his voice and the cut-and-spliced hip-hop production by folk grrrl Ani DiFranco are stiffer than they need to be, but Phillips’ didactic monologues possess a sarcastic absurdity that fans of Woody Guthrie and Beck should identify with. B

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