Thanks for all the music, Warren
December 18, 2011 9:49 PM Subscribe
posted by gingerbeer (35 comments total)
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, billionaire, financier, and sponsor
of the best free music festival around, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
, died today in San Francisco
"A rugged iconoclast whose views on life rarely failed to surprise, Hellman was a lifelong Republican who supported labor unions, an investment banker whose greatest joy was playing songs of the working class in a bluegrass band, and a billionaire who wanted to pay more taxes and preferred the company of crooners and horsemen who shared his love of music and cross-country “ride and tie” racing."
Part of Golden Gate Park was just renamed Hellman Hollow
has changed and grown over the years, but I think it's been a Metafilter meetup site pretty much every year, and it's seen a lot of truly excellent free music. This year was a tribute to the incomparable Hazel Dickens
, who was there every year before she died. I wish all billionaires spent their money on free music festivals.