The Village Voice Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Bob Dylan's Move to New York
(Press Release) New York, NY (January 24, 2011)—The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, today announced a weeklong tribute to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan to commemorate his arrival in Greenwich Village on January 24, 1961, exactly 50 years ago. The Village Voice will celebrate Dylan's time in NY in both the weekly print edition and through daily updates at villagevoice.com. Through the past five decades, The Voice has tracked the progress, influence and evolution of the legendary entertainer.
In addition to a favorite Dylan songs compilation from local artists including Deer Tick, Gang of Four, Greg Dulli, and other artists each day this week, a new video-post and an archived Dylan clip will be featured online. A photo taken of 19-year-old Dylan playing at Café Wha? on February 6, 1961, just a couple weeks after he made roots in the City, will appear in print on January 26 alongside a page-length essay on Dylan landmarks in Greenwich Village.
The video series will take viewers back in time, going around "Dylan landmarks" in the Village and revealing the memories from shopkeepers, venue owners and other locals on Dylan in the sixties. The first video will be posted on Monday and each 3-7 minute long video-post will be supplemented with Dylan's music and narrated by Village Voice music writer and photographer Rob Trucks.
"For the first time, we're telling the 50-year story of an American legend, complete with unique online and video content," said Tony Ortega, Editor in Chief of the Village Voice. "The Village Voice is excited to celebrate Dylan's move to the City by going beyond the written word with a highly entertaining video series, in addition to a weeklong showcase of exclusive Dylan-centric content."
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