Podcast: Izzy Young and the Folklore Center
Episode #15-45 | airing 11-04-15

Israel Young founded the Folklore Center on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village in 1957. The timing was perfect for an establishment that was as much a clubhouse as a store. Izzy Young: Talking Folklore Center is a documentary from Sweden made in 1989 recently issued on DVD following him as he visits the Village to remember the neighborhood which served as the center of the folk revival. We’ll hear music from the era from Bob Dylan, Rev. Gary Davis, Fred Neil and more including Allen Ginsberg reciting from Howl his most famous poem. We’ll also feature memories of the Coffeehouse scene from Dave Van Ronk. Turn back the clock to relive those days of the Folklore Center and folk music in Greenwich Village.

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Artist / “Title” / CD / Label

Pete Seeger / “If I Had A Hammer” / Songs Of Hope And Struggle /
        Smithsonian-Folkways

Rory Block & Stefan Grossman / “Pony Blues” / Country Blues Guitar
        / Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop
Dave Van Ronk / “Dave Speaks (excerpt)” / And the Tin Pan Bended
        and the Story Ended / Smithsonian Folkways
Dave Van Ronk / “Green Rocky Road” / And the Tin Pan Bended and
        the Story Ended / Smithsonian Folkways
Allen Ginsberg / “Howl (excerpt)” / Bob Dylan’s Greenwich Village
        / Chrome Dreams
Martin & Neil / “Tear Down the Walls” / Tear Down the Walls /
         Collector’s Choice
The New Lost City Ramblers / “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down” /
        Vol. 1 / Smithsonian Folkways

Bob Dylan / “John Brown” / Live at the Gaslight 1962 / Columbia
Rev. Gary Davis / “Samson and Delilah” / Live at Gerde’s Folk City
        / Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop
Rory Block & Stefan Grossman / “Crow Jane” / Country Blues Guitar
        / Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop

Mississippi John Hurt / “My Creole Belle” / Friends of
        Old-Time Music / Smithsonian Folkways
The Fugs / “Morning, Morning” / The Fugs Second Album /
        Fantasy
Tim Buckley / “Phantasmagoria in Two” / Live at the
        Folklore Center March 6, 1967 / Tompkins Square
Joni Mitchell / “I Had a King” / Song to a Seagull / Reprise

Tom Paxton / “Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound” /
        Ramblin’ Boy / Elektra
Judy Collins / “Tomorrow is a Long Time” / Fifth Album /
        Elektra

Pete Seeger / “If I Had a Hammer (excerpt)” / Songs of Hope and Struggle /
        Smithsonian Folkways

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