Bruce Langhorne (born c. 1938) is an American folk musician. He was active in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s, primarily as a session guitarist for folk albums and performances. He lost the fifth and fourth fingers on his right hand in an accident when seven years old, contributing to his distinctive finger picking style.
Langhorne worked with many of the major performers in the Folk Revival of the 1950s and 1960s, including The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Carolyn Hester, Peter LaFarge, Gordon Lightfoot, Hugh Masekela, Odetta, Babatunde Olatunji, Peter, Paul and Mary, Richard and Mimi Farina, Tom Rush, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
The title character of Bob Dylan's song "Mr. Tambourine Man" is inspired by Langhorne, who used to play a large Turkish frame drum in performances and recordings. The drum, which Langhorne had purchased in a music store in Greenwich Village, had small bells attached around its interior, giving it a jingling sound much like a tambourine. Langhorne used the instrument most prominently with Richard and Mimi Farina. The drum is now in the collection of Seattle's Experience Music Project.
In addition to inspiring the title character of "Mr. Tambourine Man", Langhorne played the electric guitar countermelody on the song. His guitar is also prominent on several other songs on Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home album, particularly "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" and "She Belongs to Me", but also "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Outlaw Blues", "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" and "Maggie's Farm", on which he played the lead guitar part. He also played the guitar with Dylan for Dylan's television performances of "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue on The Les Crane Show in February 1965, a month after the Bringing It All Back Home sessions. Two years earlier, Langhorne had performed on Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan on "Corrina, Corrina" as well as the outtake "Mixed-Up Confusion" that was eventually released on Biograph. Years later, Langhorne also played on tracks for Dylan's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.
Langhorne composed the highly distinctive music for the cult Peter Fonda western film The Hired Hand (1971), which combined sitar, fiddle, and banjo to great effect. He also provided the film score for Fonda's 1973 science fiction film Idaho Transfer.
In 1992 Langhorne founded a hot sauce company known as Brother Bru-Bru's African Hot Sauce. The hot sauce is unique for containing "African Spices."
Bruce attended the Horace Mann School for a year in 1954-5.
A snake crawling through the desert is caught by a longhaired hippie with a radio. A young woman in yellow pants walks through Craters of the Moon, Idaho, descending into a vented metal chamber buried in the rock. Inside, she removes her boots and yellow pants and places them along with a clipboard into a metal box beneath a machine with glowing colored buttons, teleporting herself into a large, clinical room where she puts her yellow pants back on, throws her boots in the corner and exits to have a muted water-cooler conversation about the poor quality of chocolate milk with Keith Carradine.
So begins Idaho Transfer (1973), Peter Fonda's second directorial effort, a science-fiction story about a group of twentysomething scientists who travel to the future to repopulate the earth after a catastrophe kills all human life, but find themselves overcome by mounting entropy from all corners. The cast are almost all non-actors and their muted, minimalist performances make even the naturalistic acting in the films of Larry Clark and later Gus Van Sant seem extravagant. Despite the beautiful Southwestern scenery, the tone is so bleak and hopeless and the ending so black it trumps even L.Q. Jones' A Boy And His Dog (1975).
Fonda seems to have taken to heart his character's cryptic summation at the end of Easy Rider (1969) -- “We blew it." Idaho Transfer approaches existential doom not with Hollywood-style heroism but with a (however understated) mess of desperation, confusion and madness, a point of view that Fonda seems to maintain to this day, given his recent comments to the press. It's not for nothing the UK edition of the film (presented in the link above) was retitled Deranged. (source)
Idaho Transfer is a 1973 science fiction film directed by Peter Fonda. It stars Kelley Bohanon, Kevin Hearst, Dale Hopkins, and Keith Carradine.
Teenager Karen Braden (Kelley Bohanon) is a troubled mental hospital outpatient who is taken by her father George and sister Isa to a government facility near the Craters of the Moon lava fields in Idaho. The project there was commissioned to develop matter transference, but made a different discovery: time travel. They also discovered that a mysterious ecological catastrophe will soon wipe out civilization.
The time travel process has negative health effects, though. Adults "not much older than 20" are unable to survive for long, as their kidneys hemorrhage shortly after the experience. So the scientists decide to only send young people 56 years into the future so they can build a new civilization.
After the government takes over the project, the transfer machines are turned off, trapping a large number of project members in the future. Now trapped, they begin exploring the future world.