The Coen Brothers’ new film is about the 1960s folk revival

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The Coen Brothers, fresh off the triumph of True Grit, are plowing ahead with their next film, a heavily fictionalized account of the life of Dave Van Ronk, a central figure in the Greenwich Village folk-music-revival scene of the 1960s. 

The film, Inside Llewyn Davis (a protagonist name almost as much fun to say as "Rooster Cogburn") doesn't have a release date, but the Coens are set to direct and produce along with Scott Rudin and Robert Graf, the same pair that joined them for True Grit.

Dave Van Ronk, informally known as the "Mayor of MacDougal Street," was deeply influential on the 1960s folk revival. He befriended and helped other folkies like Phil Ochs, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Joni Mitchell, and a scrawny Minnesotan you might be peripherally familiar with thanks to his recent Christmas album, Bob Dylan.

Hopefully the film sheds a little more light on the man Robert Shelton described as Dylan's "first New York guru" without distorting his compelling story too much.