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Get ready to sing Happy Birthday to Bob

Rob Stoner, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Eric Anderson on stage at Gerde's Folk City, 130 West 3rd Street, October 23, 1975. Playing in honor of club owner Mike Porco's 61st birthday, the performance was also a dry run for Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour, which began a week later. Photo © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.  

Rob Stoner, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Eric Anderson on stage at Gerde's Folk City, 130 West 3rd Street, October 23, 1975. Playing in honor of club owner Mike Porco's 61st birthday, the performance was also a dry run for Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour, which began a week later. Photo © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.
 

   This Fred W. McDarrah photograph is about to come back to life.

   On May 24, 2016, Bob Dylan's 75th birthday, Bob Porco, grandson of Gerde' Folk City impresario Mike Porco, is hosting an All Star lineup of acts he has put together to wish Dylan a Happy Birthday.

   The event will by emcee'd by musician Rob Stoner (far left in photo), and many of Gerde's past performers, including possibly some of the others in the photo (Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Eric Anderson), will play. 

  For tickets and info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/subterranean-75th-birthday-salute-to-bob-dylan-tickets-20145794614

   Meanwhile, the only regularly scheduled guided tours in New York (or anywhere else) about Bob Dylan rev up for the spring with some new photos for tour-goers and some new tour stops.

  The tour kicks off every Sunday at 11 am and Tuesday at 2 pm, and privately by appointment.

  See's Dylan hangouts, hideouts and homes, the clubs and bars he frequented and much more.

   All of it was captured by 50-year Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah who uniquely documented not only Dylan but 1960s events and icons like Warhol, Mailer, Stonewall, Kerouac, Hendrix and more. Each walker gets a keepsake multi-postcard set of classic McDarrah images and the tours go to the same locations to see how they have changed,  how they are the same, and to hear the stories behind the famous photos. 

  The Dylan tour is one of several walking tours based on McDarrah's iconic photographs. Others include The Artist's World and The East Village. Learn more and book a New York Times-recommended tour today at

  Don't think twice, it's alright.

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OLD/NEW Cafe Borgia edition, or, Four Cornered

Nighttime view of Cafe Borgia, MacDougal and Bleecker Streets, May 22, 1966. Below, same view in December, 2015. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Nighttime view of Cafe Borgia, MacDougal and Bleecker Streets, May 22, 1966. Below, same view in December, 2015. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

  Taken from in front of the Figaro Café (on the SE corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Sts.), directly across the street, of the Cafe Borgia (on the NE corner of Bleecker and MacDougal Sts.).

  The NW corner at the famous intersection housed the San Remo Café. It is now a soulless chain coffee place. The SW corner had a funeral home. Now it has a branch of J.G. Melon's, a noted Upper East Side watering hole.

  Café Borgia, a bohemian's dream that was styled like an Old World cafe with medieval decor, drew patrons including Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Edward Albee and James Dean. It closed in 2001 after 60 years in business.

  Another historic stop on the Save the Village: The Beats and Bob Dylan walking tour. 

Dylan and Beats tour announcement

Dylan Salutes, Christopher Park, Sheridan Square, January 22, 1965. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Dylan Salutes, Christopher Park, Sheridan Square, January 22, 1965. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

This is the press release that went out the other day about the new tour:

Bob Dylan and the Beat Generation poets - Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso and the rest - all were products of a postwar culture that lauded Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial complex, Father Knows Best, the John Birch Society and the KKK.

  In song and in verse, Dylan and the Beats rebelled against that way of life and became touchstones of a new generation.

  Fred W. McDarrah, the longtime Village Voice photographer and picture editor, was right there with his camera as it happened.  


  The worlds of Dylan and the Beat poets overlapped in many ways. The Beats and Bob tour will visit the coffee houses, clubs, and other venues (some remaining, some not) where the Beats made literary history. And when Dylan met Ginsberg in Ted Wilentz's apartment above the 8th St. Bookshop in 1963, the two began a lifelong friendship. Dylan was well familiar with the Beat poets when he left Minnesota for Greenwich Village in 1961. The tour stops at the MacDougal Street club were Dylan first performed, the bars he frequented and often performed at, and some of his Village homes, hangouts and hideouts.

  Every ticket on every tour includes a keepsake postcard packet of iconic McDarrah images and the tours go to the same locations to see how they have changed,  how they are the same, and to hear the stories behind the famous photos.

  The Beats and Bob tour is the second in a series of four Greenwich Village Walking Tours based on the photographs of McDarrah, including the ongoing Save The Village tour, and two tours starting later this fall, the East Village tour and the Artist’s World tour.

  Tickets are $25 (Adult) and $15 (Students, seniors, individuals with a valid library card, or a membership in a Historic Preservation Society, Group or Association) and every ticket includes a keepsake postcard packet.

   All tours are available for private bookings; custom or combination tours can be arranged. For tour schedules, to make reservations and for more information, go to SaveTheVillageTours.com.


  MEETS AT CORNER OF MACDOUGAL ALLEY AND MACDOUGAL STREET


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Arch is a triumph

A memorial to the sad events in Paris under the Washington Square Park arch.  

A memorial to the sad events in Paris under the Washington Square Park arch.  

A memorial with flowers, candles, chalk-written words on the sidewalk of encouragement and strength, paintings, sculptures and singers is growing under the arch in Washington Square Park.

The Beats and Bob Dylan, The Artist's World and the Save the Village tours all pass the arch.

Not much to say beyond encouraging folks to stop and see what is there, read the words, feel the power of the words Resist In Peace that were scrawled across the arch and hope that the stupidity and ignorance behind the acts never repeats itself. 

Part of the memorial under the arch.

Part of the memorial under the arch.

Some neighbors

Plaque outside 82 Washington Place

Plaque outside 82 Washington Place

Willa Cather and Richard Wright both lived at 82 Washington Place.

John Philip Sousa lived next door at 80 Washington Place.

Diane Arbus was across the street at 71 Washington Place.

At 88 Washington Place was where "Ashcan" painter John French Sloan lived. This was also the location of the Fronton, a speakeasy from 1923-26 that was popular with New York Mayor Jimmy Walker and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Both lived within walking distance. Walker on St. Luke's Place and St. Vincent Millay on Bedford. Her middle names comes from the former hospital on West 11th St., where she was born. Fronton proprietors Jack Kriendler and Charlie Berns, moved uptown and founded the famed 21 Club. 

Just another single block on a quiet Village street, with a noisy history. 

Been musing with some local folks about a Bob Dylan plaque. The Beats and Bob Dylan walking tour passes a plaque for Poe, who Dylan and Ginsberg read, a plaque for the San Remo, where both drank, and 10 other spots significant in the Dylan canon (plus dozens of other plaques for everyone from baseball player Hank Greenberg to American Revolution figure Tom Paine).

As the tour shows, Dylan was all over the Village for a very long time. Still casts a long shadow.

Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense" at 59 Grove St.

Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense" at 59 Grove St.

Thomas Paine's old house at 59 Grove St.

Thomas Paine's old house at 59 Grove St.


82 Washington Place the other night.

82 Washington Place the other night.

Lousy photo of plaque outside 80 Washington Place, where John Philip Sousa lived back when Woodrow Wilson was president.  

Lousy photo of plaque outside 80 Washington Place, where John Philip Sousa lived back when Woodrow Wilson was president.  

Happy in the House

Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, among others, pose for a group portrait by Fred W. McDarrah at a recording session, Record Plant studio, New York, November 13, 1971. Pictured are, from left, David Amram, Dylan, Happy Traum, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky (kneeling, fore), Denise Mercedes, Allen Ginsberg, Sadi Kazi, John Sholle, Arthur Russell, and Ed Sanders.

Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, among others, pose for a group portrait by Fred W. McDarrah at a recording session, Record Plant studio, New York, November 13, 1971. Pictured are, from left, David Amram, Dylan, Happy Traum, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky (kneeling, fore), Denise Mercedes, Allen Ginsberg, Sadi Kazi, John Sholle, Arthur Russell, and Ed Sanders.

  The big Folk City show at the Museum of the City of New York has had a handful of concerts to go along with the fabulous exhibit (of lyrics, instruments, maps, recordings, albums, clothing, memorabilia and of course photos by Fred W. McDarrah).

  We ran into one of the above photographed musicians the other night at one of the MCNY concerts. Not Bob Dylan, but Happy Traum.

  Happy is most famously known as one half of Happy and Artie, a duo he began with his brother. They released three albums, Happy and Artie Traum (1970, Capitol), Double Back (1971, Capitol) and Hard Times In The Country (1975, Rounder). He is a folk legend, having first appeared on record at a historic session in 1962 when a group including Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger and Dylan gathered in the Folkways Records studio to record an album called Broadside Ballads, Vol. 1. With his group, The New World Singers, Traum cut the first recoded version of Blowin' in the Wind and sang a duet with Dylan, who performed under the pseudonym Blind Boy Grunt, on his anti-war Let Me Die in My Footsteps.

  On this night at MCNY the performers were The Chapin Sisters and Eric Andersen. The sisters are at best marginally talented and coast along on the memories fans have of the short but brilliant career of their uncle Harry, who died in an accident on the Long Island Expressway in 1981.   

Anderen was accompanied by Michele Gazich on violin and viola, Inge Andersen on harmonies, and Steve Addabbo on electric guitar

Anderen was accompanied by Michele Gazich on violin and viola, Inge Andersen on harmonies, and Steve Addabbo on electric guitar

  Anderson is a genuine talent who performed chestnuts such as Violets of Dawn and Come to My Bedside and the civil rights song Thirsty Boots. He has over the years played with most of the above photographed group and has released about 30 albums. He now lives in Europe where there is a more vibrant folk scene.   

  He spoke between songs about his experiences singing on MacDougal Street and at the Gaslight, one of the stops on the Save the Village: The Beats and Bob (Dylan) tour.  

Andersen came out to meet fans after the performance.

Andersen came out to meet fans after the performance.

Andersen signing autographs.

Andersen signing autographs.

SOME PRESS FOR NEW BEATS / DYLAN TOUR

Both Bob Dylan and his pal Allen Ginsberg would come, separately, to feel the vibe of Edgar Allen Poe. In its infinite wisdom, NYU tore the place down and left a plaque and a façade (below).  

Both Bob Dylan and his pal Allen Ginsberg would come, separately, to feel the vibe of Edgar Allen Poe. In its infinite wisdom, NYU tore the place down and left a plaque and a façade (below).  

The new tour The Beats and Bob (Dylan) kicked off the other day.

So far so good. The connections and relationships between Dylan and Ginsberg, Kerouac and friends are fascinating to explore. And so much took place in the South Village.

http://gvshp.org/blog/2015/11/10/the-historic-south-village-home-of-the-beats-and-bob-dylan/

Our friends at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation made mention.

The tour passes the pictured Edgar Allen Poe location. Dylan and Ginsberg would both make regular pilgrimages to the spot and meditate about Poe. Both men often referenced Poe in their work.

Dylan's 1965 song "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" for example makes reference to "Rue Morgue Avenue" which is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine in 1841. It has been recognized as the first modern detective story

In the Summer of 1939, when 13-year-old Allen graduated from grammar school he listed Poe as his favorite author.

In May 1944, he published in the Columbia Jester Review, "A Night in the Village with Edgar Allen Ginsberg" according to Ginsberg's Estate's web site.

And famously, from "Howl".... "who studied Plotinus Poe St John of the Cross telepathy and bop kabbalah because the universe instinctively vibrated at their feet."

"Everything leads to Poe,"\ Ginz once said. "You can trace all literary art to Poe's influence: Burroughs, Baudelaire, Genet, Dylan...It all leads back to Poe."  

Save the Village: Walking Tours of the Photographs of Fred W. McDarrah / The Beats and Bob leaves from the corner of MacDougal Street and MacDougal Alley every Tuesday at 2 pm, or privately by appointment.    

Where Poe never actually lived, but a reasonable copy thereof.

Where Poe never actually lived, but a reasonable copy thereof.




New Tour Starts Soon

A section of Washington Place next to Sheridan Square Park was renamed in honor of folk legend and Dylan pal Dave Van Ronk. His ex-wife lives near this sign and the Van Ronk name is still on the outside buzzer.

A section of Washington Place next to Sheridan Square Park was renamed in honor of folk legend and Dylan pal Dave Van Ronk. His ex-wife lives near this sign and the Van Ronk name is still on the outside buzzer.

The Beats and Bob(Dylan) Tour gets underway November 10.

We had mused about it earlier. And while we were preparing the Literary/Beats tour, and out doing the Save the Village walking tour, it became clear. Sadly, few people know, remember, had to read in school, or know much about Village literary legends like Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, John Dos Passos, ee cummings, Djuna Barnes, Henry James, William Styron, Theodore Dreiser, John Reed, etc.

But most people know of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. And of course everyone knows Bob Dylan. So we'll keep mentioning the vintage Village literary crew. Maybe it'll spark some interest.  And we'll focus on what the people know, and seem to want. 

Allen and Bob met in the Village, at a party above the old 8th St. Bookshop in 1963, and became lifelong friends. They were both products of the Eisenhower '50s, and rebelled against it in their own ways. The world of the Beats and the Folk Music scene that Dylan migrated to both were centered on the same Village street (MacDougal) and both socialized and performed at the same venues.

So a tour that tells their concurrent tales seemed like a smart way to move forward.

Hope you all agree! 

The original Save the Village Tour will continue, of course. And soon the Artists tour (more overlap with Allen and Bob. Was quite a different world back then) and the East Village tour will both kick off.

 

Groupon, poo-pon

Bob Dylan in Christoper Park, Sheridan Square, January 22, 1965

Bob Dylan in Christoper Park, Sheridan Square, January 22, 1965

Nice photo, right?

Not according to Groupon.

"merchantsupport@groupon.com

Hi Timothy,

Thanks for procuring and attaching this photo for your deal, we really appreciate it. However, we're not able to use it. From a design perspective we're trying to strike a balance between images that accurately depict the customer experience and high-quality, professional photography with sharp focus and eye-catching colors. The image you attached just didn't meet our quality standards, but feel free to send us another image that meets the requirements.

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Wow. Not up to their quality standards. And they prefer color and not black and white.  Of course they only consider high quality professional photography, and in focus. Same reply for several other images submitted. 

Vintage Fred W. McDarrah prints can sell for $10,000, and are in the collections of MoMA, the Whitney and on the walls of the Pompidou, Pace Gallery, etc. But that's apparently not enough for the good folks that get you discounts on all you can eat sushi.

Still trying to work with them to get the tours on Groupon. An education for all involved.

 

New McDarrah prints available for first time

This may not be a typical blog post - it is more of a press release.  But since we wrote it, seems like fair use.

PHOTOS.COM by GETTY IMAGES SNAPS UP LEGENDARY VILLAGE VOICE PHOTOGRAPHER FRED W. McDARRAH 

New Prints of Classic Greenwich Village Images Available For First Time

Photos.com proudly announces the addition of the Fred W. McDarrah Collection.

Fred W. McDarrah was the most curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable chronicler of the New York scene over the second half of the 20th century. 

His work brings a new and unique selection of images to the collected works of an already world class Photos.com lineup including Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke-White and Ansel Adams.

McDarrah rose to prominence during his 50-year association with the Village Voice newspaper, the house organ of the post-war counterculture. The New York Times has described McDarrah as the "Bachrach of New York's Bohemia."

He photographed the artists, writers, musicians, and actors who frequented the bars, theaters, galleries, and cafes in Greenwich Village. He documented political rallies, museum openings, breaking news, feminism, experimental theater, the rock and folk music scenes, dance, and the civil rights and anti-war movements. In a style simple and direct McDarrah created street and studio portraits of luminaries, politicians and celebrities that were often definitive.

But his favorite subject may have been his beloved New York City; often roaming the city on his bicycle, he documented the streets, buildings, landmarks, parks, beaches, pushcarts, subways, architecture, landscapes, churches, signs, cobblestones, storefronts and rooftops.

McDarrah's photographs have been exhibited at numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris; and are in private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the New York Public Library, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For The Fred W. McDarrah Collection, the editors at Photos.com have selected more than 200 of McDarrah’s most delightful and inspiring images, with an eye towards their ability to work as wall décor. Many of the images shown here are available to the consumer market for the very first time.

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Built on Getty Images’ unrivaled archive and exclusive collections from a wide range of world-renowned photographers, Photos.com by Getty Images is a full service printing and framing e-commerce business.  Every image is available in four sizes and five framing options: paper, canvas, acrylic, birchwood & aluminum, and arrives at your doorstep framed and ready-to-hang.  With more than 250,000 images spanning current events and famous faces to world culture, contemporary concepts and iconic black-and-white photography, there’s something to inspire and complement every interior style.

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For more information about the Fred W. McDarrah Collection or Photos.com, please contact Director of Marketing Katherine Wells: Katherine.wells@gettyimages.com

 

All Dylan Tour?

116 MacDougal Street, former home of the Gaslight Cafe.

116 MacDougal Street, former home of the Gaslight Cafe.

The death this week of Bob Johnston, who produced "Blonde on Blonde" and "Highway 61 Revisited" for Bob Dylan (plus classic albums for Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and many others) got us thinking about adding another tour to the Save The Village lineup - an all Bob Dylan tour.

Doing research for the Save The Village tours, we went on some other local tours - both walking and on those ubiquitous double decker buses - to see what was good, bad and ugly.

The saddest was at the end of one tour when a woman from Australia turned to me and said, "Mate... How can these people offer a Greenwich Village tour and not even mention Bob Dylan?! That is why I came on the tour!"

Agreed.

I know who John Dos Passos, ee cummings and Dashiell Hammet were, can point to the corner where the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire took place and know where on Grove St. that Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense." And some people do come on tours for old stuff. But people also want to see places that they can relate to, from their own memories or experiences. That is why we point out where on West 10th St. Julia Roberts has an apartment. (Across from Edward Albee's old place).   

It would not be too hard to put together an All Bob Tour, encompassing where he lived, worked, played, visited, shopped... all below 14th St. (Maybe we'd stretch it up to Irving Place where one of his business managers we know had an office.)

161 W.  4th St., where Dylan first rented an apartment - a top floor studio facing the back.

161 W.  4th St., where Dylan first rented an apartment - a top floor studio facing the back.

The tour would likely include places he performed including just on MacDougal Street: The Folklore Center, Cafe Wha? (see photo), Gerde's Folk City, the Gaslight Cafe and Kettle of Fish; the Theatre de Lys on Christopher Street which was a favorite spot; also the Cedar Tavern on University Place, The White Horse on Hudson St., The Bitter End and the Village Gate (both on Bleecker Street) or he'd be in Washington Square Park listening to music on a Sunday afternoon (as famously captured in a McDarrah photograph elsewhere on this site); or places he lived or crashed such as 161 West 4th St. (see photo) , 94 MacDougal St. (see photo), the former Hotel Earle or One Sheridan Square.

And Fred W. McDarrah did photograph most of these places.

Hmmm...

94 MacDougal St., which Dylan owned in the 1970s. 

94 MacDougal St., which Dylan owned in the 1970s.