In the summer of 1957, in the heart of the Greenwich Village section of New York City, Lee (Hoffman) Shaw created her first “folkmusic fanzine” entitled “Chooog 2-5”. Typed and mimeographed on the cheap pulp paper, “Choog” was handed out free at Izzy Young’s Folklore Center on MacDougal Street and during Sunday afternoon picking parties in Washington Square. After a single issue she replaced it with “Caravan”, which became the voice of the worldwide “craze” for traditional music.
Lee Hoffman edited many journals of science fiction, including the respected periodical “Quandry”. After she sold “Caravan” to the noted banjoist Billy Faier, she went on to write more than twenty novels in the science fiction and Western genres. “The Valdez Horses” (Doubleday, 1967) won the Spur Award of the Western Writers of America and was adapted as a John Sturges film starring Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland in 1973.
Scope and Content
The collection comprises the single issue of “Chooog”, and it came to the Crossroads of Music Archive as a gift from Billy Faier before his death in Alpine, Texas in 2016. Due to public demand, we decided to put it and our holdings of “Chooog 2-5”, “Caravan”, and Hoffman’s “Gardyloo” on-line. Gary Ross Hoffman, Lee Hoffman’s nephew and executor of her estate, kindly gave permission to scan and reproduce them.