Entry count: 3502
News Bob Dylan

June 23rd, 1965: The end of New York City's Folk Music Revival

The end of New York City's Folk Music Revival

The events we write about at Gaslight Records happened in some form or another 50 years ago to the day. Roll along with us and imagine you are back in 1970.

Support Gaslight Records

New York City was the centre of a folk music revival in the middle of the 20th century. It effectively began in the late 1930s-early 40s, when singers like Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives moved to Greenwich Village, drawn downtown by the increasingly progressive political and cultural climate.

Folk transitioned from traditional art form to a popularised movement in the 1950s with the arrival of Pete Seeger, Fred Neil, Dave van Ronk, Odetta and many others. The concentration of coffee houses, small venues, and like-minded bohemian attitudes in Greenwich Village spawned an egalitarian atmosphere that attracted many young people from around America to New York City. It became widely regarded as something of a utopia for those looking to escape the prescriptively clean, stable living of post-war America.

Among those drawn to New York was, of course, a twenty-year old Bob Dylan. Dylan found a home in the village, and it was there that he really began to hone his trade. By 1963, Dylan had well and truly put Greenwich Village and the folk music revival on the map. Not that it hadn't already entered public consciousness through the likes of Seeger, Baez etcetera. But Dylan brought global recognition to the lower quarter of Manhattan island, in turn solidifying a significant place for the folk movement amid American history.

The Museum of the City of New York is currently showcasing the vibrant history of American folk from the mid-30s up until the Dylan explosion of the early 60s. The exhibition boasts an impressive array of artefacts, including:

- Lead Belly's 12 string guitar.

- Odetta's iconic, "Baby", along with one of her Dashikis.

- The original handwritten manuscript of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind".

- The napkin on which Eric Anderson wrote his "Thirsty Boots" lyrics.

- Phil Ochs' trademark felt cap.

- Handwritten letters by Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

If you're in New York be sure to head down and check out the exhibition. If not, well perhaps it's time for a bit of a folk binge in the comfort of your living room. After all, May-June 1965 arguably marked the end of the folk revival--with Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan steered the ship in a new, electric direction. So, why not have a listening session to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of New York's folk music revival? You've earned it, mates.

More recent news

Norman Greenbaum releases 'Spirit In The Sky' from his debut album: Listen

News

December 30th, 1969: Norman Greenbaum releases "Spirit In The Sky" from his debut album: Listen

Greenbaum's sings the gospel on his new single

 
Watch The Jackson 5 perform single from their debut album on Ed Sullivan

News

December 23rd, 1969: Watch The Jackson 5 perform single from their debut album on Ed Sullivan

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 is the latest release from Motown

 
The Clancy Brothers have released a new album of Christmas songs: Listen

News

December 20th, 1969: The Clancy Brothers have released a new album of Christmas songs: Listen

Irish folk group, The Clancy Brothers have recorded 11 songs to bring a little joy to your Christmas

 
See photos from The Doors album cover shoot in Los Angeles today

News

December 18th, 1969: See photos from The Doors album cover shoot in Los Angeles today

The new Doors album is due for release early next year.

 
Four people died over the weekend at The Altamont Speedway Free Festival

Article

December 10th, 1969: Four people died over the weekend at The Altamont Speedway Free Festival

Here's the story of Altamont in quotes from many of the people involved.

 
The Rolling Stones have released a new studio album ahead of their free concert tomorrow at Altamont

News

December 5th, 1969: The Rolling Stones have released a new studio album ahead of their free concert tomorrow at Altamont

As The Stones finish their run of U.S. concert dates they have released their eighth album, Let It Bleed.

 
This summer Bob Dylan sat down for an interview with Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine

Interviews

December 4th, 1969: This summer Bob Dylan sat down for an interview with Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine

Read the transcript below of Dylan and Wenner's interview from June this year

 
Emmylou Harris covers Bob Dylan on debut album

News

December 3rd, 1969: Emmylou Harris covers Bob Dylan on debut album

Listen to Harris's cover of Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" from her album Gliding Bird

 
Peter Stone Brown covers Bob Dylan's 'She Belongs To Me'

Live At The Gaslight

Peter Stone Brown covers Bob Dylan's "She Belongs To Me"

Recorded in Atlantic City at Dylan Fest in 2015

 
Watch Roy Orbison perform 'Oh, Pretty Woman' with Johnny Cash last week

News

October 4th, 1969: Watch Roy Orbison perform "Oh, Pretty Woman" with Johnny Cash last week

Orbison appeared on The Johnny Cash Show in Nashville

 
Mixtape October 1969

Mixtapes

October 1st, 1969: Mixtape October 1969

It's the end of Summer 1969, here's what I'm listening to.

 
Tyrannosaurus Rex released a new single 'Pewter Suitor' this week - Listen

News

October 1st, 1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex released a new single "Pewter Suitor" this week - Listen

The new single was left off the band's album Unicorn, from earlier this year.

 
Loading more