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I was there. Really!

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THE BOTTOM LINE

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GERDES FOLK CITY

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THANK YOU Grammy Hall of Fame winner, JUDY COLLINS for sharing your memories about coming to Greenwich Village and playing the clubs with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, in the 60s

"It all came together because one person could go out on a stage in one of these clubs...there had to be some place for this to happen you remember, it didn't just happen in the streets, it happened with a commercial enterprise around it....between the clubs, the people who owned them, who were passionate about us, and the people who wrote about us....."

Pete Seeger and the gang GIVE PEACE A CHANCE @ John Lennon's 70th Birthday 10/9/10

9/26/10 Thank you Sandy Hechtman for taking this great photo and Jennie Myers for doing such a fantastic job of organizing the 6th Annual Washington Square Park Reunion...that's me in the front row with my Guild D44

Thanks to Matt Umanov for this great poster!


Thanks to Matt Umanov for the poster!

Thank you Mike Porco for creating the space to nourish so many great artists!

10/23/10 would have been Mike Porco's 95th birthday. Thank you Mike for having the vision to turn your Italian restaurant into a place where artists could perform for an audience, get paid and for the writers to share this music with the world! (see Bob Porco's blog below about his grandfather)

thousands of artists....."We all played The Bitter End"


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Ace Trucking Company Woody Allen Peter Allen America Tori Amos Harry Anderson Eric Anderson
Maxine Anderson
Joan Armatrading
Joan Baez
Sandra Bernhardt
Stephen Bishop
Ronee Blakley
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Chamber Brothers
Harry Chapin
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Cheech & Chong
Merry Clayton
Leonard Cohen
Judy Collins
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Larry Coryell
Bill Cosby
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The Critters
Jim Croce
Billy Crystal
Lacy J. Dalton
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Jim Dawson
John Denver
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Bo Diddley
Dion
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Yvonne Elliman
Cass Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Joe Ely
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Indigo Girls
Isley Brothers
Etta James
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Garland Jeffreys
Norah Jones
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Dr. John
Doug Kershaw
Morgana King
Robert Klein
Leo Kottke
Kris Kristofferson
Patti La Belle
Lady Gaga (Stephani Germanotta)
Los Lonely Boys
Jay Leno
Les Paul
Gordon Lightfoot
Little Feat
Lisa Loeb
Los Lonely Boys
Taj Mahal
Melissa Manchester
Chuck Mangione
Peter Paul & Mary
Melanie
Sonny, Terry and Brownie McGee
Sarah McLachlan
Rod McKeon
Don McLean
Bette Midler
Joni Mitchell
Van Morrison
Maria Muldaur
Martin Mull
Anne Murray
Muhammad Ali
Johnny Nash
Fred Neil
Ricky Nelson
Micky Newberry
Randy Newman
Odetta
Phil Ochs
Danny O’Keefe
Pat Paulson
Tom Paxton
Peter, Paul & Mary
The Persuasions
Jean Luc Ponty
Billy Preston
Dori Previn
John Prine
Kenny Rankin
Helen Reddy
Joan Rivers
Kenny Rogers
Linda Ronstadt
Rita Rudner
Otis Rush
Tom Rush
Soupy Sales
Sam & Dave
Esther Satterfield
The Searchers
John Sebastian
Neil Sedaka
Pete Seeger
Carly Simon
Simon and Garfunkel
Patti Smith
Spanky and Our Gang
Spin Doctors
Bruce Springsteen
Staple Singers
David Steinberg
Curtis Stiggers
Jonathan Stewart
James Taylor
Livingston Taylor
Rip Taylor
George Thorogood
Lily Tomlin
The Tarriers
Mary Travers
Kenny Vance & The Planotones
Jerry Jeff Walker
Wendy Wall
Joe Walsh
Jimmy Webb
Eric Weissberg
Tony Joe White
Josh White
Paul Williams
Larry Jon Wilson
Bill Withers
Stevie Wonder
Steven Wright
Dave Van Ronks
Townes Van Zandt
Neil Young
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Actively seeking ANGELS for our Greenwich Village Music Festival Fall 2015

CALLING ALL ANGELS!!!!!

We are currently seeking angels for the greatest music festival in the greatest city in the world. The four day Greenwich Village Music Festival, with the mission to bring back all the artists who started their careers, playing the clubs on Bleecker Street, from the 1960s to the present. Deck available

 

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Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village RIP Suze Rotolo

Posted by Sandi Bachom on March 13, 2011 at 12:08am 2 Comments

Article from The Village Voice about Suze Rotolo's death Posted by Marcia Stehr (Marci Foreman) on February 28, 2011 at 4:45pm The Village lost a life-long partisan and a true voice last Friday, with the passing of Susan Rotolo after a long illness, at home in her Noho loft and the arms of her husband of 40 years, Enzo Bartoccioli. Suze Rotolo was a talented artist (the maker of artist books and delicate book-like objects), as well as an illustrator, a sometime activist, an erstwhile East Village Other slum goddess, a devoted wife, a proud mother, a poet's muse, a good comrade, and late in her too-short life, a published author. She was intensely private but as the radiant young woman on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, she became a legendary figure and even a generational icon. Just writing that I can hear her annoyed chortle--although she did humorously allow, after years of dodging rabid Dylanologists, that she was some sort of "artifact." Growing up in Queens, a few years later than Suze and a few neighborhoods east of hers, I knew her name (although not how to correctly pronounce it) long before I met her, just a mom in the park. Our kids, Luca and Mara, went to the same Sullivan Street playgroup; our families were friendly, both in New York and on Cape Cod where, thanks to a network of her late parents' leftwing associates, she and Enzo always managed to find the most amazing Wellfleet Woods cabins or ocean-overlooking shacks. Susan, as we called her, was intensely loyal. She retained many childhood friends, even while guarding her personal life. She was a woman of strong opinions and fierce standards (a demanding connoisseur of inexpensive table wine, a cook whose pasta was never less than perfect). She had no use for religion and deeply appreciated political theater--not just Brecht but the Billionaires for Bush, with whom she was affiliated during the 2004 election. She had a healthy sense of the absurd. She listened to jazz on… Continue

Interview with Sandi about mystery Bob Dylan concert in 1966 by Harold Lepidus of Bob Dylan Examiner..thanks for the memories Harold!

Posted by Sandi Bachom on January 19, 2011 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Filmmaker Sandi Bachom on Dylan's 1966 warm-up show at Riverside College

http://www.examiner.com/bob-dylan-in-national/filmmaker-sandi-bachom-on-dylan-s-1966-warm-up-show-at-riverdale-college



Bob Dylan played a warm-up gig in 1966 at Riverside College that does not appear to be documented in any book or on any web-site, according to filmmaker and "New Media Maven" Sandi Bachom.

In a recent telephone interview, Bachom told me she attended an open rehearsal concert by Bob Dylan and The Hawks, then attended the after-party, where Donovan was one of the guests.

I was contacted by Bachom after a friend sent her a link to my Examiner story about Dylan's appearance at the 1963 March On Washington. She informed me that her "old man", the late Stuart Scharf, played guitar with Dylan, Len Chandler, and Joan Baez on Chandler's song, "Hold On (Keep Your Eyes On The Prize)."

I thanked her for the information, and asked if she had any other Dylan-related stories. Bachom informed me that she not only attended a 1973 mixing session, with Dylan in the room, for "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," but had seen an electric mid-1960s show, probably with her friend, a young Jackson Browne.

Bachom is the daughter of two Walt Disney Animation Studio artists, film editor Jack Bachom and airbrush artist Dorothy…

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Harold Lepidus of The Bob Dylan Examiner: Filmmaker Sandi Bachom on Dylan's 1966 warm-up show at Riverside College

Posted by Sandi on January 15, 2011 at 1:00am 1 Comment

Filmmaker Sandi Bachom on Dylan's 1966 warm-up show at Riverside College





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1967 Summer of Love

Posted by Richard Lewis on January 13, 2011 at 4:21am 0 Comments

As a 19 year old I visited the USA in 1967. Saw Joan Baez at the Monterey Fairground, Cream at Fillmore West and the Bryds at the Whiskey-a go-go and Big Brother and The Holding Company at the Avalon in SF.

In New York at the Village Theatre I saw Vanilla Fudge, the Seeds and the Byrds (Eric Clapton was in the audience), then in Central Park (July 21st) I saw Judy Collins give a free concert at which she introduced a special guest - Leonard Cohen in one of his first ever appearances, then the Mothers of Invention at the Garrick on Bleeker Street.

 The highlight may have been at the Cafe Au Go Go on July 27th. It was billed as Al Kooper's Leaving Concert as he was moving to the UK (though he never did). It featured Jack Andrews, Al Kooper (with Boby Columby, Jim Fielder and Steve Katz), Eric Andersen (with Paul Harris) and Judy Colins. I still have the set list I wrote down.

I also took a bus to Woodstock where around Sept 14/15 I saw Dylan and Robbie Robertson near the Bakery. On returning to New York I went to see Canned Heat and BB King at the Cafe Au Go Go. During BB King's set Elvin Bishop and Eric Clapton joined him for a jam session that cosisted of two half hour numbers with the three of them taking it in turns to solo.

Good Luck with your Festival

Richard Lewis

67 Comments from my Facebook friends when asked who they saw, when and where in The Village!

Posted by Sandi Bachom on January 12, 2011 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

Sandi Bachom

Hey gang....doing a little research. Who did you see in Greenwich Village? When and where? I saw Jackson Browne open for Randy Newman at the Bitter End in 1974, I grew up in California so missed those early days.

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Bruce Kunkel I played the Bitter End for 4 months in 66-67.19 hours ago · Unlike · 1 person






Bruce Kunkel Hung out with Zappa and the mothers across the street at the Garrett, saw Blood Sweat & Tears, Linda Ronstadt, meet Keith Moon & The Who... lots of stuff!19 hours ago · Unlike · 5 people






Mary Louise Sandi, I saw Jackson too in approx. 1976, but not in Greenwich Village....Great Show19 hours ago · Like






Bruce Kunkel He used to be my room mate in early 1966!19 hours ago · Like · 1 person






Sandi Bachom Hey Bruce, I saw a concert in Riverside, pretty sure Jackson was with me. It was Dylan and The Band, we went to a party after and Donovan and Dylan were there. But the concert doesn't appear in any database, I know it was the 60s but I know...See More
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Sandi Bachom where were you guys living? Do you know Pamela Polland?19 hours ago · Like






Bruce Kunkel Know Pamela. Lived at the Hotel Earl while in NYC... we had a large house in the Hollywood Hills when not on the road19 hours ago · Unlike · 2 people






Sandi Bachom I grew up on Beechwood Drive and all the Glens. Peter Tork had a house under the sign up Beechwood after he washed dishes at the Golden Bear....LOL19 hours ago · Like · 2 people






Sandi Bachom Well I'm from "The Barricades of Heaven"...you got to bring your own redemption when you come19 hours ago · Like · 2 people






Fenton Lawless My first week in NYC I saw Sly and the Family Stone at The Electric Circus on St. Marks Place in the East Village. And yes they took me higher and my mind was blown.

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Rolling Thunder Revue, April 1976 Posted by Jack C on our Manny's Virtual Wall...thanks Jack!

Posted by Sandi on January 11, 2011 at 9:45pm 0 Comments

http://mannysmusic.ning.com/forum/topics/rolling-thunder-revue-april?xg_source=activity

In 1976 I was 17 years old. Two friends and I had read about BobDylan's Rolling Thunder Revue coming to Orlando, FL to the OrlandoSports Stadium. Orlando was a sleepy orange orchard back then. Disneyhad only arrived 4 years earlier in 1972. From what I understand theOSS was torn down years ago and a residential community sits on thesite.

 

We were a 3 kids from Savannah, GA and the thought of seeing Dylanlive was a near impossibility to us. He hardly ever played in the Southand he surely wasn't ever going to come to Savannah. So, we found outabout the RTR and Orlando and I immediately called and ordered ticketslong distance (remember that) directly to the OSS ticket office. Webought 3 and we couldn't believe. WE WERE GOING TO SEE DYLAN, LIVE! Sowe were on our way to south FL.

 

We get there and immediately go get our tickets. It was 35 years agoso I don't remember it that well but we finally found the venue. (Ifyou want to call it that.) It was a metal warehouse with notwindows! We thought this can't be the place. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez,Roger McGuinn, Mick Ronson, etc.. wouldn't play this dump. It was inthe middle of no-where. Well, lo and behold this warehouse actually hada ticket office. It was more like a window in the wall. I walked up andasked "am I at the wrong place or is Bob Dylan playing here tomorrownight?"  

 

The lady in the window asked me for my claim check for $32 (yep 32,for 3 tickets). I forked it over and thought "man, I have been screwedon this one". Oh well, we were here. We'll play it out. 

 

The next night we show up and the (of course) grass parking area wasfull. OK, so far so good. We hand over our tickets wondering what wewere walking into. This place was an indoor rodeo with…

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Asked my Facebook friends about the concert I saw Dylan and the Band, think it was 1965 in Riverside California

Posted by Sandi Bachom on January 8, 2011 at 1:00am 0 Comments

 



  • Sandi Bachom HeyDylan fans. I was being interviewed last night about a concert Iattended when Bob went electric. Unfortunately, the concert does notexist on any website. It was in 1965 I believe, in Riverside Ca. firsthalf of the concert as a solo acoustic and then The Band came out. Iwas told that he only performed for one year 1965-66 before hismotorcycle accident. Hey it was the 60's and I WAS there...
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50 Years Ago Today Bob Dylan Came To NY and played the Cafe Wha?

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this was a memorable night and the inspiration for this festival, when Neil Diamond performed on the stage of the Bitter End for the first time in 40 years

Please welcome our new member Kenneth Bowser, director of the wonderful new Phil Ochs Documentary "There But For Fortune" opens Jan 5 This is a poster Paul Colby gave me from the Phil Ochs concert 1975


This is....WAS on the Wall of Manny's Music, even Henry Goldrich said he didn't know what Bob meant by it!

1961 and still going....The Bitter End now in it's 50th year, the longest running rock club in NYC

Rest In Peace Phoebe...here with Linda Ronstadt on SNL 1979, thanks to Terre Roche for posting on FB


RIP Jack Hardy, "I'm Coming Home" with his family and Terre Roche @ Gerdes Folk City 50th Reunion 6/9/10

Patti Smith MLK #J15 People Have the Power

FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY 1/24/61 BOB DYLAN CAME TO NEW YORK AND PLAYED THE CAFE WHA?

RARE 1963 March of Washington, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Len Chandler, Leon Bibb and my "old man", Stuart Scharf on the left on guitar

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    "Hi Sandi, have been reading your Greenwich Village Music Festival page with great interest/enjoyment. Love the venue and artist histories. Growing up in SF bay area, my venues were: Winterland, Fillmore, Old Waldorf, etc. Also, spent lots of time in LA. Thanks for all your welcome efforts bringing people together for celebration of great music and timeless memories."

     

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    Lisi Tribble about Gerdes Folk City:
    "Jay Byrd was the last hooter- Dustin Hoffman based his character "Hawk" in Ishtar on him. Enamel the Camel. The Roches. Rick Danko. David Massengill. George Gerdes. Eric Andersen. Mark Johnson. Gregory Fleeman. Jack Hardy. Robin Williamson. Tret Fure. Ferron. Sammy Walker. Lach. . .--Anderson,

    Bob Dylan was also below age when he first played there. Mike signed his guardianship forms."


    "I loved it when the Village was still like a small community, a town within Manhattan, and mostly "regulars" would hang out.....I always felt so welcome there... Bring back them old days!"
    ~Ida Langsam

    "This website is gonna catch on fire. Great idea! When I get to something other than an iPhone I'll upload some pix and stuff. I'll be keeping tabs...I Think this kind of organized exposure for the artists willing to perform is Great. going to blossom"
    ~Bob Porco (grandson of Mike)

    "Thanks so much for putting this whole thing together, and for inviting me to participate. I have such wonderful memories of the Bitter End and all the other coffee houses: Gerde's Folk City, The Gaslight Cafe... saw so many wonderful artists perform."
    ~Yvonne Fitzner

    Peter Yarrow and everybody at The Bitter End sing a healing song for Moogy Kilingman 1/16/11

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    "BRING BACK THEM GOOD OLD DAYS!" ~ Comments from our members!

    Lisi Tribble about Gerdes Folk City:
    "Jay Byrd was the last hooter- Dustin Hoffman based his character "Hawk" in Ishtar on him. Enamel the Camel. The Roches. Rick Danko. David Massengill. George Gerdes. Eric Andersen. Mark Johnson. Gregory Fleeman. Jack Hardy. Robin Williamson. Tret Fure. Ferron. Sammy Walker. Lach. . .--Anderson,

    Bob Dylan was also below age when he first played there. Mike signed his guardianship forms."


    "I loved it when the Village was still like a small community, a town within Manhattan, and mostly "regulars" would hang out.....I always felt so welcome there... Bring back them old days!"
    ~Ida Langsam

    "This website is gonna catch on fire. Great idea! When I get to something other than an iPhone I'll upload some pix and stuff. I'll be keeping tabs...I Think this kind of organized exposure for the artists willing to perform is Great. going to blossom"
    ~Bob Porco (grandson of Mike)

    "Thanks so much for putting this whole thing together, and for inviting me to participate. I have such wonderful memories of the Bitter End and all the other coffee houses: Gerde's Folk City, The Gaslight Cafe... saw so many wonderful artists perform."
    ~Yvonne Fitzner

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