'Family': Devendra Banhart and other free spirits
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( Lauren Dukoff / Chronicle Books )
Much as one might like to pin a label on this group are they neo-folkies? Psych rockers? Hippies? its a bit simplistic to give one name to the host of styles and inspirations thats at play. Even Banhart, once considered the freak folk pied piper (and shown above reaching to the sky), has recently been more influenced by Tropicalia and classic rock.
I dont even know what the word hippie means anymore, quite honestly, Dukoff says. I think the word folk and Ive heard Devendra say this too folk is the peoples music. Its not about a particular sound; its about making honest music. By this definition, Dukoff is a folk photographer, able to fluctuate from grainy black-and-white candids to a flamboyantly styled and posed homage to the Cockettes for Banharts last album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon.
Devendra Banhart reaches for the sky, surrounded by like-minded free spirits.