Thursday, October 13, 2016
Radio Sweden: Izzy Young - The Man Behind Bob Dylan's First Gig - Reacts To Singer's Nobel Win
Dylan's Nobel win is long overdue, according to the man who helped catapult the folksinger to fame in 1961.
Israel “Izzy” Young is credited with playing a crucial role in the rise of folk music in the 1960s, and with catapulting a young Bob Dylan to stardom by arranging his first proper concert, at Carnegie Chapter Hall, in 1961. Tickets cost $2.
Young, now 87 years old, has lived in Sweden for several decades and runs the Folklore Centrum in Stockholm. He spoke to Radio Sweden from his store and said Dylan should have received the Nobel "a long, long time ago".