Bob Dylan Down the Tracks: The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan

2008 • 1h 30m

January 1961: a 19-year-old Bob Dylan left his home state of Minnesota and headed for the Folk Mecca that was Greenwich Village New York City, the center of the Folk Revival. By the time of Dylan’s arrival, the resurgence in traditional American roots music had been gathering pace with a focus on the careers of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. The impact on Dylan was so great that after being in New York for only two days he made the pilgrimage to Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital to see his idol Guthrie who was suffering from Huntington’s, the disease that would eventually kill him. Dylan quickly began to make a name for himself in the Greenwich Village coffee houses and clubs. Many of these impromptu sessions featured cover songs of his early musical influences and displayed his love of Country music. This was to permeate throughout his career.

Cover image © Val Wilmer