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Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village RIP Suze Rotolo

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… Continue

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

Bob Dylan Arrived In New York City 50 Years Ago Today By Rob Harvilla, Mon., Jan. 24 2011 @ 12:00AM Categories: Anniversaries (Pleasant), Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan in NYC, Featured   Photo …

Bob Dylan Arrived In New York City 50 Years Ago Today
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Added by Sandi on January 25, 2011 at 3:18pm — No Comments

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

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

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Added by Sandi Bachom on January 19, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

1967 Summer of Love

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,…

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Added by Richard Lewis on January 13, 2011 at 4:21am — No Comments

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

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…

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

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

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…

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Added by Sandi on January 11, 2011 at 9:45pm — No Comments

NY FOLK FESTIVAL @ Carnegie Hall 1965

I booked the entire NY FOLK FESTIVAL at Carneigi Hall in 1965. It was a very influential event. First of all,I divided the nights into themes; The Evolution of Funk, which started with Artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Skip Jammes from Buffy Sainte-Marie and Phil Ochs  to Muddy Waters to Nina Simone; Country to Bluegrass to Nashville which started with Almeda Riddle singing a high country ballad and worked its way through Mac Wiseman, Flatt and Scruggs to Johnny Cash; The Contemporary… Continue

Added by Herb Gart on January 7, 2011 at 10:32am — 5 Comments

Our friend Allan Pepper, co-owner of The Bottom Line shares memories of the club!



"When we opened The Bottom Line on February 12, 1974, our goal was to create a Music Room not a jazz, rock or folk club but a venue where many different genres could find an audience. The Bottom Line has always been about…
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Added by Sandi Bachom on December 7, 2010 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Mike Porco, owner of Gerdes Folk City would have been 95 years old today 10/23/10

Today 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!



Message from Bob Porco, Mike's grandson



((((((((((((()))))))))))))

Mike Porco

Oct 23, 1915-Mar 11,1992





I sat in a bar on the corner of Macdougal and Bleeker streets…
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Added by Sandi Bachom on October 23, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Roshamon in Washington Square Park....Life Imitating Art: Art Imitating Life....This is me IN the video and then the video I shot at the Washington Square Reunion 9/26/10

September 26, 2010 was the 6th Annual Washington Square Park Reunion of pickers who played Bluegrass in the park in the 50s and 60s. So I strung up my old Guild, but hadn't done that in so long, I strung it backward. I'm actually in this video, shooting Blue Plate Special and the video below is what I was shooting!



Life Imitating Art, this me, redhead with the camera IN the video

Art Imitating Life is the video I… Continue

Added by Sandi Bachom on October 4, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The good old days

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!

Added by Ida Langsam on August 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Gerdes Folk City 50th reunion concert June 7, 2010!

Vince Martin "Walk on Water"



Happy Traum "Buckets of Rain"…



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Added by Sandi Bachom on August 24, 2010 at 8:10am — No Comments

"We all played The Bitter End"....

Click to see videos of hundreds of artists who can say, "We all played The Bitter…
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Added by Sandi Bachom on August 23, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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Happy Traum at the Gerdes Folk City 50th Reunion 6/7/10 "Buckets Of Rain" and talks about Dylan

"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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