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Lach is a musician associated with the anti-folk movement. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was trained as a classical pianist from an early age only to abandon it once he heard The Sex Pistols, The Jam and The Clash for the first time. Realizing he was a songwriter, Lach backtracked and explored the roots, relishing the works of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie. In the early 80's Lach went to Greenwich Village's Folk City but soon had to move to the Lower East Side opening his own illegal after-hours club "The Fort". The same week Lach opened The Fort, Folk City held the New York Folk Festival, so, Lach held the first New York Antifolk Festival. Thus, Antifolk was born.

The Fort became a mobile club inhabiting various New York hotspots, finally settling down at The Sidewalk Café on Avenue A where it now resides. Until the summer of 2008, Lach hosted the weekly Antihootenanny there (now renamed the Open Stage and hosted by Ben Krieger).

Timeout London calls Lach "NYC's living legend." The New York Times labels Lach "The mastermind of Antifolk, like a Lower East Side rendezvous of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith." The Antifolk movement that Lach started in the early eighties has produced such well-known performers as Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Hamell on Trial and many more.

Since those early days the Antifolk movement has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Lach tours rarely and has released only five albums over twenty years, and very little is actually known about him. In fact, only a few people in the antifolk scene know Lach's real name.[1]


  • Contender (1991)
  • Blang! (1999)
  • Kids Fly Free (2001)
  • Today (2004)
  • The Calm Before (2008)

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  1. ^ Wie früher, aber anders: Folkmusic war einmal. In New York spielt man jetzt Antifolk: gegen den öden Wohlklang und den Zwang zum Konformismus. Szenen aus dem Leben der neuesten Boheme | ZEIT online


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