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Shel Silverstein was a humorist, a poet, a cartoonist, and a musician who had a strong, if not especially obvious, influence on pop music through the late 1960s, up into the 1980s. Most people know him for his poetry books largely aimed at a children’s audience, but he also provided cartoons for Playboy Magazine, usually inserting a caricature of himself into the image: 

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And he’s also responsible for the dark, subversively comic Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book, an alphabet book you do NOT want your kids to read (but you should, because it’s hilarious): 

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But Silverstein was a songwriter who had an especially strong relationship with Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and that led to a couple of their bigger hits, including a song that was essentially a parody of the rock star life, but it led to the sort of fame that only he could imagine: 

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2 thoughts on “57–Shel Silverstein, Part I

  1. You will cover “Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout Who Wouldn’t Take the Garbage Out”? That one I do have a copy. I used to run it on my radio show.

    1. Either that or “Stacy Brown’s Got Two”. But my intent is to move away from the goofier stuff for Part II in a few weeks.

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