The Village Voice, April 13, 1961 featuring an ad for Bob Dylan's very first professional gig opening for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village.
NY: The Village Voice, 1961.
Tabloid. After kicking around the Village for a few months after he arrived in NYC in 1960, Dylan finally landed a paying gig doing a two-week stint (that began on April 11th) as the opening act for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City, the preeminent folk music venue in the city. The small ad states (in part): "Appearing Nightly 9:30 p.m. / Held Over by Popular Demand / JOHN LEE HOOKER / Country Blues Singer / BOB DYLAN." In his 1962 song "Talkin' New York" Dylan devotes a verse to this groundbreaking gig that aside from starting his career, also allowed him to get his union card. The paper also features the headline story: "Cops, Beatniks, and Facts" about the protests over the folk music ban in Washington Square Park. Newsprint paper slightly toned as expected but entirely supple, old flattened crease where folded as issued, else a lovely copy. Scarce ephemera from absolute ground zero of Dylan's career.