Dave Van Ronk an "almost was"???? Oh, come now. To many of us in this music niche called folk he was a major player. Llewyn Davis, though singing song from Van Ronk's albums in the movie, was a very different person that Van Ronk. Just because the Coen's took some incidents from Van Ronk's memoirs and had them happen to Davis does not make this fictional account "loosely based". An "almost was"??? Sheesh!