Review by Steve Nover
Photographs by Jason Spiro
Eric Andersen has released more than two dozen albums in the course of his 45 year-plus musical career, so it’s almost criminal that he’s not better known or that his show at The Linda in Albany last Friday night wasn’t sold-out.
This singer/songwriter has led a fascinating life. His love of the beat generation writers led him to hitch to Frisco where he was “discovered” by Tom Paxton who convinced him to move to NYC. He became a guiding light in the Village music scene and was signed by Vanguard Records. He starred in Andy Warhol’s “Space” with Edie Sedgwick in ’65; met the Beatles in London and was invited to some recording sessions; was supposedly about to be signed by Brian Epstein at the time of his sudden death. He was onboard 1970 the Canadian cross-country train-traveling Festival Express (the documentary was finally released in 2003) along with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Band, Buddy Guy, Flying Burrito Brothers and others.