BBC Radio 4 interview with Izzy Young, available until 8/17/13
On BBC Radio 4, a 30-minute radio interview with Izzy Young; first broadcast 10 August 2013; available until 17 August 2013: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0381fzj
From the BBC Radio 4 website:-
of the UK's most acclaimed folk singers, Seth Lakeman, travels to New York to
meet the man regarded a the world's leading expert on folk music, 85 year old
Izzy Young who opened his first Folklore Center in New York's Greenwich Village
store in MacDougal St became a focal point for the American folk music scene of
the time. Bob Dylan writes in his memoirs about spending time at the Center,
which he referred to as "The citadel of Americana Folk Music - like an
ancient chapel". Dylan met Dave Van Ronk in the store, and Izzy Young
produced Dylan's first concert at Carnegie Chapter Hall in 1961. Dylan wrote a
song about the store and Young called "Talking Folklore Center".
developing an interest in Swedish folk music at a festival, Young closed his
New York store and in 1973 he moved to Stockholm where he opened the Folklore
Centrum, where he still works seven days a week.
a rare return to New York, 40 years since he first left, Izzy joins Seth on the
steps of 110 MacDougal St in Greenwich Village - the site of his original
Folklore Center - to reminisce about the evocative days in the late 50s and
early 60s when, as Bob Dylan recalls, "Folk music glittered like a mound
up MacDougal Street to Washington Square Park, Izzy describes the events of
April 1961, when 'Folkies' staged what would later be referred to as 'the first
protest action of the 60s'. When city officials tried to ban folk musicians
from performing in the square, Izzy was the main organiser of a protest that
resulted in clashes with local police. The protestors eventually won their legal
battle with the city and music has been permitted in the square ever since.
Producer: Des Shaw
A Ten Alps production for BBC Radio 4.
Last edited Monday, August 12, 2013