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born July 25th 1952, John David Hanke got his first guitar at the age of 13 and started, after practicing for some months, to play Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, CCR and Monkees songs.
He grew up in the 60's, a time full of changes, good music and a social revolution, (Woodstock 1969). It was a great decade to have grown up in, JD was fortunate enough to experience the 60s.
The Sixties were a "cultural decade" beginning around 1963 and ending approximately around 1974. It was a kind of a Social Revolution, people staerted to re-think and question what happend so far, a counter-culture, an era of irresponsible excess and flamboyance. A new generation, the Hippies, calling for "Make Love Not War" and for "Peace".
The war in Vietnam lead to a commitment of more than a half million American troops, ending up in over 58,500 American deaths and producing a large antiwar movement in the USA as well as globally. In 1965 a few Americans protested the American involvement in Vietnam, but as the war dragged on and the body count continued to climb, civil unrest escalated. Students became a powerful and disruptive force and university campuses sparked a national debate over the war. As the movement's ideals spread beyond college campuses, doubts about the war also began to appear within the administration itself. A mass movement began rising in opposition to the Vietnam War, ending in the massive protests in 1969.
The anti war movement was initially based on the older 1950s Peace Movement, but by the mid 60s it became a broad based mass movement centered in universities and churches.
The 60's have become synonymous for a new era of hope for Love & Peace on Mother Earth.
"The times they are a changing…"
When turning 15 in 1967, JD formed his 1st Band, called "Friends". The band played mainly Byrds, Dob Dylan, Monkees and Grateful Dead songs as well as Top 100 and their own songs.
During his education in Architecture, Philosophy & Sociology, he separated from the band and turned to more Folk and Fingerstyle guitar music, traveled all over the country, presenting his music to the people.
Today, after 40+ years in Music Business, JD has been all around the world, he traveled Europe, Asia, Middle East, East Africa and North America, he toured with greats like Ed Gerhard, Laurence Juber, Steve Kaufman and others and is still traveling & touring these days. He found his home in California & Arizona USA and settled there.
JD is a singer/songwriter, performing artist and producer for American Folk Music|American Roots Music|Americana|Folk Rock Music and some Hawaiian Music.
As an acoustic guitar player JD is on tour several times a year playing concerts, Folk Festivals, TV, schools, house concerts etc., in general, nearly every event to play at is welcome and appre-ciated for presenting his music to the audience.
He is also a storyteller and a dream keeper, a believer, a reliever, a supporter, a fighter for the human rights… he is trying to collect the old stories and the vintage stuff, which he wants to keep before it will be gone forever…
JD is an admirer of the 1st Nation's/Native American cultures, their religion and their philosophy, a listener to what they are going to tell, what they are talking about, it inspires him as well as it gives him a lot of support and strength for his life, he once said "I am grateful for that…"