collection: bob dylan in new york

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"There's a-mighty many people all millin' all around, They'll kick you when you're up and knock you when you're down It's hard times in the city, Livin' down in New York town." Here is a list of locations associated with Bob Dylan in New York City.

cafe wha?

from bob dylan, jimi hendrix, david lee roth posted in music by tacopolis

In 1959, Manny Roth laid down some marble floor and spray-painted the walls black in this basement venue that had been a horse stable. The idea was to have a place for the beatnik crowd to enjoy.

Roth held "hootenanny" nights where anyone could perform a song. It was on Jan. 24, 1961 that a 19-year-old Bob Dylan played his first NYC set, consisting of several Woody Guthrie tunes. At the end of the set, Roth asked the crowd if anybody had a couch Dylan could sleep on (he had just hitch-hiked from Minnesota).

Jimi Hendrix used to play at Cafe Wha? in the mid-60s when he called himself Jimmy James and fronted The Blue Flames.

Manuel "Manny" Lee Roth is the uncle of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Manny Roth passed away on July 25, 2014 at the age of 94.

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gerde’s folk city (former)

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Gerde's Folk City (or Gerdes) was one of the pivotal music venues for the folk music revival of the early 60s, and continued to feature many breaking musicians and bands until the lease was not renewed in 1987.

Originally located at this address, the venue moved to 130 West 3rd Street in 1970.

It was at this location, that Bob Dylan played his first professional gig supporting John Lee Hooker on April 11, 1961.

Dylan's performance at Gerde's on September 29, 1961 was reviewed in the New York Times by Robert Shelton, after which Dylan's career catapulted.

Gerde's is also the place where Dylan first met Joan Baez, and where he first played "Blowin' in the Wind" in a public performance.

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gaslight cafe

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Opened in 1958, the Gaslight Cafe was a beat and folk music hangout in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The Gaslight (or "The Village Gaslight") was originally a "basket house" where unpaid performers would pass around a basket at the end of a performance to earn money.

Numerous musicians, poets and comedians made their way through the Gaslight. Bob Dylan recorded a performance "Live at The Gaslight 1962" that was released in 2005.

According to the Folk Music Encyclopedia: "The Gaslight was weird then because there were air shafts up to the apartments and the windows of the Gaslight would open into the air shafts, so when people would applaud, the neighbors would get disturbed and call the police. So then the audience couldn't applaud; they had to snap their fingers instead."

The Gaslight closed its doors in 1971.

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the look building

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Located at the corner of Madison Ave and 51st Street, the cake-like Look Building is named for the now-defunct magazine that the structure housed from 1937 to 1971.

The building also contained the offices of music publisher Witmark and Sons, who recorded early demos of Bob Dylan. In July 1962, Dylan recorded the first demo for the song "Blowin' in the Wind" in a 6' x 8' room at this address.

Since then, the Look building was added to the NYC landmark list in July of 2010. An album of the Witmark demos was released in 2010 called The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964.

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freewheelin’ dylan cover

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The cover of Bob Dylan's 1964 album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was shot at Jones Street and West 4th St in NYC. The cover photo, shot by Don Huntstein, features a then 22-year-old Dylan walk/cuddling with artist Suze Rotollo, his girlfriend from 1961 to 1964.

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