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November 02, 1961

THE VILLAGE VOICE (weekly), Greenwich Village, New York, Nov. 2, 1961

* Bob Dylan's very 1st concert advertisement
* Carnegie Chapter Hall - New York City
* Early Joan Baez concert ad - Town Hall


Page 17 has a small but historic advertisement for what is considered Bob Dylan's very 1st concert ever. This ad measures 2 x 2 inches. (see image)

source: "The bob Dylan paper site": NEW YORK CITY, Carnegie Chapter Hall,
Saturday November 4, 1961 53 tickets were sold for the concert, while the hall could have held 200. "Billed as Dylan's 'First New York Concert' it was, more accurately, Dylan's first concert anywhere. Prior to this show he'd only played club dates and a few guest spots on multi-artist bills. Dylan arrived in New York on January, 21, 1961 and began playing hoots at clubs like Gerdes Folk City almost immediately. His first 'break' was a two weeks stint opening for blues giant John Lee Hooker at Gerdes in April of that year. On September 26, Dylan began another two week engagement at the club, opening for the much better known Greenbriar Boys. Though Dylan was the opening act, New York Times music critic Robert Shelton focused entirely on Dylan in his review of the opening night. The impact was immediate, and a few days later Dylan was signed to Columbia Records by legendary A&R man John Hammond (who had discovered/signed Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Count Basie, and later Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughan.)
     Five weeks later, Izzy Young presented Dylan 'In His First New York Concert' at Carnegie Chapter Hall, a 200 seat room that was part of the Carnegie Hall complex. Reportedly only 53 people attended, but it was the start of a touring career that continues today. Dylan expert Clinton Heylin notes that he sounded 'extremely nervous and uncertain of himself'.


I suspect this to be an extremely rare item because their was really no reason to save it at the time.
It is worth noting that "The Village Voice" was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. Founded in 1955, the Voice began as a platform for the creative community of New York City.
Complete in 20 pages, tabloid-size, one crease across the center, archival mend across the central fold on page 2, otherwise in nice condition.

Provenance note: This issue comes from The Village Voice's own archives, part of their in-house collection used to create their digital archive.

Alert: Many issues of The Village Voice contain articles and/or photos which some consider offensive, and are certainly inappropriate for children. Please purchase with discretion.

Category: The 20th Century