He took the stage and will forever be linked to that legendary festival. But that was only one small part of a life of music.
Born in Greenwich Village, Sebastian was raised in a creative home, where his father was a chromatic harmonica virtuoso, and his mother was a writer for radio — mostly humor — so little surprise a singer-songwriter might emanate from such a family. His younger brother, as well as his oldest son, are also musicians.
Sebastian said his father found more acceptance in Europe, which meant he and his son spent five summers in Italy, where, among other travels, he became a citizen of the world outside of Manhattan.
“I did benefit from all this like mad,” he said.
His musical career continues to flourish and be recognized. In 2012, he was honored with the 2012 Silver Eagle Patriot Award by the U.S. Armed Forces in Oceanside, Calif. In 2008, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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If you go
What: John Sebastian concert
When: Thursday at 8 p.m. Cocktail reception at 7 p.m.
Where: Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly
Tickets: $29 to $44, at gimmeLIVE.TV or 978-525-9093.