I didn’t feel so cold then

Gerde's Folk City

Rock the Day Dylan Debuts at Gerde’s

The late ’50s-early ’60s Folk Revival is at high tide and young Bob Dylan is in the New York area so he can meet and spend time with his idol Woody Guthrie, who is hospitalized in New Jersey. Dylan’s big break arrives on April 11, 1961, when he debuts at Gerde’s Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker at the nation’s most important folk music venue. This hungry and little known Dylan has an engaging and chatty stage presence, which wins him fiercely loyal fans. He also can be hilariously, cuttingly funny — a trait that sets him apart in a world where folks take themselves incredibly seriously. Here is Bob Dylan with Talkin’ New York Blues:


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