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    Bob Dylan 1963 Town Hall, New York Handbill for His First Major Concert. An original paper flyer advertising the first major concert of Bob Dylan's career, at Town Hall in Manhattan on Friday, April 12, 1963.

    It's hard to overstate the gravitas and attractiveness of this Dylan piece. It's a double-trophy handbill in that it gets an A+ in both history & importance and in graphics & appearance.

    This was unquestionably Bob Dylan's first major concert. Promoter Harold Leventhal was taking a flyer on this charismatic folk singer who was the talk of Greenwich Village. As Dylan scholar and author Clinton Heylin writes, "Some 900 hip souls attend Bob Dylan's first solo concert at a major New York venue. Billboard and the New York Times have both sent reviewers. For the first time, Dylan [plays] nothing but his own material." Columbia rolled tapes for a possible live album which never materialized, but fans have enjoyed hearing tracks from this show on bootlegs since the 1970's, and of course Sony Legacy has since released a few of the recordings on the Bootleg Series.

    It's just a must-have piece for early Dylan collectors, and we hardly ever say that about anything. Measures 7 3/4 x 10" and graded to Near Mint Minus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: How can one just not love the looks of this advertising flyer. A full 50% of it shows Bob in his typical 1963 garb of work shirt, acoustic guitar and harmonica around his neck. The other half, with words, has every bell and whistle imaginable. The famous promoter and early Dylan advocate at the top; Dylan's name in that fantastic font; a New York City venue; the full date, including year; ticket information; and then...

    ...take a look at those press quotes. Just amazing stuff. Remember, Dylan had not released the Freewheelin' yet; the public still saw him as the cherub-cheeked, corduroy-capped choir boy from his first album, Bob Dylan. He had to be hyped to get rears in seats. And the funny things found in those quotes... "ragamuffin minstrel"? "Citybilly"? "He's so goddamn real"? It's a tour de force of Greenwich Village coffeeshop-speak by folk-circuit insiders. (FYI: the Little Sandy Review was a Minneapolis-based folk music circular published in tiny numbers by later-renowned music critic Paul Nelson.) Nice to see Columbia Records plugged in small letters at the bottom, too.

    Condition details: There's not much to report, but... a tiny bump in the lower right corner, a tiny edge push under "Columbia," and a slight wrinkle down on the lower left edge. Not even much surface handling, which is so typical for items on glossy paper like this. A real gem.




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