Irwin Silber, co-founder and longtime editor of folk music magazine Sing Out!, died on Wednesday, aged 84.
One of the most influential figures in the American folk music renaissance in the 1950s and 1960s that brought musicians such as Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie to prominence, Silber died of complications related to Alzheimer's disease in Oakland, California.
Along with legendary folk singer Pete Seeger and musicologist Alan Lomax, Silber founded Sing Out! in 1950. Despite working on a meager meagre budget, he managed to turn the magazine into a bible of American folk music, reports AP.
The magazine covered the work of seminal figures in the folk music renaissance including Seeger, Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee; and the rise of Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and others in the 1960s.
Silber also wrote for several other publications. He published more than a dozen books, including Lift Every Voice, and edited the noted folk song publication Hard-Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People.
He is survived by his wife, jazz singer Barbara Dane, their children and stepchildren.