David Blue (playing a pinball machine) is featured throughout the film "Renaldo & Clara," relating his reminiscences of the early Greenwich Village folk music scene, Dylan's writing of "Blowin' In the Wind" at The Fat Black Pussycat, etc.
ERIC ANDERSEN:JAKE JACOBS:
David Blue was always on the streets. He had more fucking stories than anyone else. He was also a real pothead. Phil Ochs would dabble in it but was very paranoid; so David would score for Phil and end up stealing the pot from him. But Phil was so paranoid he would keep giving David more money and David would keep taking more pot.
At the beginning, no one in the "in'' crowd liked David, except for Phil Ochs. Phil thought he was a tremendous performer and songwriter. Later on, people started coming around to his music. David's music was all romantic. Phil's was all political.
In fact, David. Phil, and Dylan were an interesting threesome when it came to writing about women. David would write about women who most people didn't know -- the exotics; Dylan wrote about the universals; and Phil didn't write about them at all.
David was a character. He would be offended if someone told him he looked like Dylan, yet he looked like that on purpose....
I learned a lot from him about songwriting, singing, guitar playing, and the scene. He was the muse. He was the Greek chorus.