...Nineteen year old Bob Dylan made his first public appearance in Greenwich Village, N.Y. at Gerdes Folk City on Fourth Street. When Dylan arrived in New York, he was too young to sing in a club. Mike Porco, the owner of Fok City, took him to the musicians Union where Dylan claimed to be an orphan. Porco signed to be Dylan's guardian and the rest, as they say, is history. As an opening act for John Lee Hooker,He performed a two verse version of a song he wrote called "Blowin' in the Wind." adapted from an old Negro spititual, "No More Auction Block."
Dylan wasn't the only folk star to grace the Folk City stage. Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Phil Ochs and many others honed their craft in what Mike Porco called: "my place."
Mike's grandson, Bob Porco, is planning a 50th Anniversary tribute to Folk City and writing a biography about his Grandfather.
Rock and Roll quote of the day: "Once upon a time you dressed so fine...you threw the bums a dime in your prime...didn't you?" From: Like a Rolling Stone. By - Bob Dylan