Tag: Beatnik Riot

Folk Music in Greenwich Village: 1953-1961

On Sunday 9 April 1961, Washington Square Park was full of folk musicians and their friends. The park had become a gathering place for them starting in the 1940s, when the likes of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie began singing …

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A Look Back at the Beatnik Riot

On Sunday, April 9, 1961, what has come to be known as the Beatnik Riot, or Washington Square Folk Riot, took place (see the flashback in the Villager).  Since the 1940’s Washington Square Park had been an epicenter for folk …

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