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Leading figure in the world of American folk music who helped to launch the career of Bob DylanIzzy Young, who has died aged 90, was a key figure in the New York folk scene in the heady days of the 1950s and 60s, when he helped to launch the careers of several major musicians, including Bob Dylan. Young became celebrated not as a performer but as an enthusiast, activist, writer and entrepreneur, always more eager to promote the music he loved than to make a profit. His shop Folklore Center in MacDougal Street, Greenwich Village, opened in 1957 and became a haven for fans and artists, who would stop here to meet, perform, or search for records, books and sheet music. Inevitably, Dylan dropped in soon after he moved from Minnesota to New York in 1961, and the most vivid description of Young’s massively influential little empire can be found in Dylan’s 2004 memoir, Chronicles Volume One. Dylan calls the place “the citadel of Americana folk music … It was like an ancient chapel, like a shoebox sized institute. The Folklore Center sold and reported on everything that had to do with folk music”. Continue reading...