Izzy Young, the man who organised Bob Dylan’s first major concert, has died at the age of 90.
Young, a prolific businessman and activist, is the founder of the Greenwich Village folk music and, in 1961, organised the first major New York concert by Bob Dylan. The years the ensued would see Young commit years of his life to supporting folk music.
Young’s daughter, Philomene Grandin, said Wednesday that Young died late Monday at his home in Stockholm, citing “natural causes”.
After establishing himself as a noted figure in the world of folk music in America and particularly New York, Young moved to Sweden in 1973 and went into business there and continued his triumphing of folk. The businessman also owned a story in NYC which gave a helping hand to all new budding musicians.
Grandin said: “He had opened his heart to so many people, so many poets who came to his shop,” in an interview with The Associated Press. “And he was a fantastic father,” she added.
Young is survived by his daughter, son and three grandchildren.