The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #80987 Message #1482404
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
11-May-05 - 08:58 AM
Thread Name: Dave Van Ronk book
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk book
Sheesh, Dylanology. I said that it "seemed" like the next day. Not everyone was aware of Dylan the day that he arrived in Greenwich Village. It wasn't until September 29, 1961 that Dylan first played at Folk City. After the New York Times review, I think everyone realized that he was going to be a big "star." Exactly how "big" was still a surprise.
I don't claim to be an expert on anything. I am only responding with my personal awareness of people on the Village folk scene, which was probably closer to the average person's awareness than the inner circle of musicians, like Dave Van Ronk. I only heard Dylan once at the Gaslight when he and Johnny Cash dropped in, spur of the moment. They both were having ozone moments, and Dylan only played guitar behind Cash, sitting down on the stage in the background.
While I spent a lot of time in the Village during those days, I wasn't into the drug scene, or the heavy drinking, so I lived mostly on the surface. By choice.
There was plenty on the surface to enjoy, though.