Izzy Young, Who Led American Folk Music Revival, Dies at 90

HeadlineFeb 07, 2019

And the legendary folk music producer and political activist Izzy Young has died. From his music store and performance space, the Folklore Center, in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Izzy Young spent decades nurturing some of the biggest names in American music—including Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith. This is Izzy Young introducing a young Bob Dylan in May of 1962 on his folk music show on New York City’s Pacifica radio station WBAI.

Izzy Young: “We’ve just about reached the end of the program, and I’d like Bob Dylan to sing the last song, called 'The Answer Is Blowin' in the Wind.’ And—I’m sorry?”

Bob Dylan: “I was just going to sing it. Oh, is it 'The Answer Is Blowin' in the Wind’? That one. Oh, OK.”

Izzy Young: “Because I think this song, while being a topical song, is just filled with poetry that people of all kinds are going to enjoy.”

Bob Dylan: [singing] ”How many roads must a man walk down / Before he is called a man? / And how many seas must a white dove sail…

That was Izzy Young and Bob Dylan on the New York radio station WBAI in 1962. The previous year, Young organized Dylan’s first major New York City concert at Carnegie Chapter Hall. Izzy Young died Monday at his home in Stockholm, Sweden, at the age of 90.

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