Friday, July 3, 2015

Folk Music Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York

I just searched Bruce's Journal and saw that we went to the Museum of the City of New York in July 2007 to see an exhibit on baseball in NYC from 1947-57.  Almost 8 years to the day we returned to see an exhibit on folk music in NYC which peaked between 1958 and 1965.  There were artifacts from artists including Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary, The Weavers, Judy Collins, and of course Bob Dylan.  The hit of the show for me were hand written manuscripts of Bob's writing of:

  • Maggie's Farm
  • Blowin' in the Wind
  • Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Masters of War
There was a TV screen showing clips from the early 1960s hit TV series Hootenany which featured folk music. There were photographs of many of the venues in Greenwich Village where folk music was played.  Gerdes Folk City and Cafe Wha were two such locations. The only disappointment was that the exhibit did not consider the transition to folk rock in the mid 1960s.

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