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Table of ContentsSeries Editor’s Foreword Foreword by Izzy Young Guest Foreword by Steve Earle Introduction by Scott Barretta Part I: Early Writings “A New Secret History of Folklore” (1957) “Predictions of the Folklore Center” (1959) “A Modest Plea” (1959) “Folk Music Guide * USA” (1959/1960) Excerpts from Izzy Young’s Notebooks (1960) Part II: “Frets and Frails,” 1959–1969 Part III: Other Writings and Interviews “Folk Music Was Bigger Than the Bronx: A Dialogue with Israel Young” (1966) “The Folklore Center’s Gripe about MacDougal Street” (1966) “Israel Young…. The Music Belongs to the People” (1966) “How the Fifth Peg Came into Existence” (1984) Part IV: Bob Dylan and Other Folk Icons The Story Behind Bob Dylan’s First Concert (2008) Bob Dylan Taunt (1965) The Missing Singer (1968) Introduction to Swedish audio book of Chronicles (2004) Introduction to Dylan manuscripts (Scott Barretta) Original manuscript of Bob Dylan’s “Go Away You Bomb” Original manuscripts of Bob Dylan’s “Talking Folklore Center” Izzy on Woody A Tribute to Harry Smith Folk Music and Copyright, Lomax and Leadbelly Bibliography Appendix: Program from Bob Dylan’s first concert (facsimile) About the Contributors Index
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It is impossible to imagine the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s without Izzy Young—in a world of quirky, talented characters, he provided a forum that was superlatively quirky and nurtured the greatest talents. I got much of my early education by roaming through the writings collected here, alternately thrilled and exasperated, but always envious because he was at the center of it all.
Izzy Young, pioneer, guiding spirit, and legendary force of nature, makes musical things happen. He saw a lot and heard everything from his Folklore Center perch during the MacDougal Street ’60s, and he wrote it all down. This inspired collection, history composed as it happened, tells it like it was, with Izzy’s keen intelligence and his hearty generous soul.