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1961, why it never got any better! BOB DYLAN 50th anniversary coming to the village and playing at the Cafe Wha?



Bob Dylan In NYC: Revisiting Cafe Wha? And 94 MacDougal

 

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Pic by Trucks.
​Today marks the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan's arrival in New York City: To celebrate, each day this week we'll be taking you to a different landmark integral to the half-century-old Bob-in-NYC story, hosted by the most deadpan voice-over guy in history (that'd be me) and filmed by Voice video guru Jeremy Krinsley. In today's episode, we visit the still-intact Cafe Wha? (where it all started back on January 24, 1961) and 94 MacDougal, where Dylan lived -- unhappily, it would appear, thanks to that guy rooting through his trash -- for a few years after returning to the city in 1969.

 


 

See also:
Bob Dylan In NYC, Day 2: Revisiting Jones Street And 161 West 4th

Bob Dylan's New York City: Why It Never Got Better Than 1961

Dylan's Voice Archives: Mods And Rockers Face Off In An Epic Orgy O...

Bob Dylan Arrived In New York City 50 Years Ago Today









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