Tour | Bob Dylan’s West Village Neighborhood: Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Where: The Municipal Art Society of New York
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212-935-3960 Price: $30
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Two years ago, Bob Dylan joined John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison as the only winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His early rise to stardom began in the dynamic atmosphere of New York’s Greenwich Village. Historically, the Village was a magnet for writers, activists, musicians, artists, and outcasts. Its allure attracted creative souls from all sections of the country. Bob Dylan “landed up on the downtown side” in 1961 on the heels of the Beats and the revival of the folkies. This tour with popular Jane’s Walk leader and MAS Grand Central Docent Robert Depczenski will trace Dylan’s footsteps, visiting places he gathered, lived, and performed. Traversing the Village streets, we’ll relive the forces that influenced his formative years. The ghosts of Village past including Poe, Whitman, and Kerouac, and the presence of Guthrie, Van Ronk, and Ginsburg nourished Dylan and fueled his work. This synergy between place and genius will be the focus of our journey.