About Me - Douglas Cooke

Good Evening. I am the creator of the Richard & Mimi Fariña Website. People often ask me how I became interested in Richard & Mimi, so here's the whole story:

The Whole Story
I grew up in the 1980s during the rise of MTV and soulless synthesizers and awful bands like Def Leppard and Journey. But back then, there were still rock stations that played mostly sixties and seventies music like The Doors, The Who, and Led Zeppelin. This made it easy for me to avoid the music of my own generation and turn to the glories of the past. My first favorite bands were the Yardbirds, the Doors, and Cream; then the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Rory Gallagher, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Grateful Dead, and so many others.

But it wasn't until the nineties, during my third year in college, that I started to explore folk music. I had a mysterious urge to hear "Leaving on a Jet Plane," so I went out and bought a used Peter, Paul & Mary LP. Spellbound by the tranquility of their music and the subtlety of their moods, I drifted more and more toward folk music. I started with the more well-known artists like Baez and Dylan, and I've been digging further and further folkward ever since.

How I discovered Richard & Mimi Fariña
I first read about Richard & Mimi in Jacques Vassal's book, Electric Children: Roots and Branches of Modern Folkrock. I heard them for the first time when I bought the Rhino sampler, Troubadours of the Folk Era, Volume One, which included "Reno, Nevada." I was instantly hooked after hearing that song and eagerly sought out more of their music. Soon there was a party. But it wasn't until I read David Hajdu's book, Positively 4th Street, that I was inspired to create a website devoted to letting people know more about Richard and Mimi Fariña.

Since that time, a basic fan page has evolved into an on-going research project devoted to gathering and preserving information about Richard and Mimi, both as a duo and in their individual careers. Many thanks to all the people who have written to me to tell me about their memories of Richard and Mimi and the impact they had on their lives. I've chatted with Fariña fans from all over the world, including England, Northern Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Finland, Israel, and Japan! (Hope I didn't forget anyone).


Me and a giant guinea pig, Peru, 2014.