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Folk music promoter Izzy Young passes aged 90

Young, the man responsible for Bob Dylan’s first concert and lifelong supporter of folk music, has passed away

By Anna Grace on 06 Feb 2019

Izzy Young

Izzy Young

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Israel Goodman “Izzy” Young, the organiser of Bob Dylan’s first New York concert and long-time supporter of folk music, has died at the age of 90.

Young’s daughter, Philomene Grandin, reported that Young died late Monday at his Stockholm home, citing “natural causes”.

A central figure in the American folk music scene, Young owned the Folklore Center, a shop for folk music-related books, records, instruments and sheet music in Greenwich Village, New York.

“The Folklore Center was the citadel of Americana folk music”

In November 1961, Young organised Bob Dylan’s first major public concert at the Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York. Dylan was a regular visitor of Young’s Folklore Center, dubbing it “the citadel of Americana folk music”.

Young closed the Folklore Center in 1973 and moved to Stockholm, opening the similar Folklore Centrum store.

Young leaves behind a son, daughter, three grandchildren and over 60 years of support for folk musicians.


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