Tag: Woody Guthrie

Celebrating the Greenwich Village Historic District’s 50th Anniversary

This is one in a series of posts marking the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Greenwich Village Historic District.  Check out our year-long activities and celebrations at gvshp.org/GVHD50.  The Greenwich Village Historic District is one of New York’s oldest historic districts. As …

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Woody Guthrie’s New York Comes Alive

Folk music icon Woody Guthrie was a little man with beady eyes – as described by his second wife Marjorie, though she had imagined him to be taller, strapping, and more like a proper cowboy than he was. Perhaps it …

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Bob Dylan’s First NYC Gig: April 11, 1961

He blew into town on a cold December day in 1960, slammed the door of his car, walked into Café Wha and landed a gig that night. That’s the legend, anyway. Truth is that he slogged around uptown hustling for …

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Bob Dylan’s South Village

Bob Dylan in Sheridan Square The South Village has many reasons to be celebrated these days. Of course, the (hopefully) impending designation of the Sullivan Thompson Historic District is a big story for GVSHP. Our 13-year quest to protect all …

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3000 Beatniks and the Right to Free Speech

There is an absurdity in the photos and video which depict the event now known as “The Beatnik Riots” in Washington Square Park on April 9, 1961. At face value, the key characters in this drama are earnest, clean-shaven, bespectacled, …

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Folk Music In Greenwich Village: 1940s-1953

There are some that mark the beginning Greenwich Village’s involvement with the revival of American Folk music as 9 April 1961, with the ‘Beatnik Riot’ in Washington Square Park. But folk music was thriving in the Village long before, with …

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Folk Music in Greenwich Village: 1961-1970

The exact date is impossible to confirm. But it is widely accepted that Bob Dylan arrived in New York City on 24 January 1961, in the midst of the coldest winter New York had seen in 28 years. He’d dropped …

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Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie

Folk icon Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was born July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma, and died fifty-five years later of Huntington’s disease in his adopted hometown of New York City. In between, he spent a lot of time in Greenwich …

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Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, Musician Who Inspired Generations

Louisiana’s notorious Angola State Prison.  Folk singer Pete Seeger.  The Dry Dock District in Alphabet City.  The Library of Congress.  Kurt Cobain. Seemingly unrelated, right? Not exactly. They are all connected to legendary folk musician Huddie William “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, …

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