Mark Spoelstra Biography

30 June 1940, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, d. 25 February 2007, Pioneer, Sacramento, California, USA. Originally based in California, 12-string folk/blues guitarist Spoelstra’s songwriting career burgeoned following a move to New York where he realized the potential of performing original material. A confirmed pacifist and a conscientious objector to military service, his songs often reflected such themes and he was a regular contributor to Broadside, a magazine founded as an outlet for topical and protest material. He was very much a part of the Greenwich Village radical folk scene of the early 60s. Having completed two albums for the Folkways Records label, Spoelstra joined Elektra Records. His Elektra debut Five & Twenty Questions (1965), featured 12 original songs and introduced his quiet, unassuming style. After a spell of military service, Spoelstra returned to California and devoted himself to biblical study and work as a minister. He continued to record and perform, but this committed individual preferred to concentrate on social and community projects.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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