The 1960s, Revisited

The Bob Dylan photo in “It Was a Very Good Year” [Winter 2014] reminded me that about three years earlier, the folksinger was in Madison for about a week. On his way from his Minnesota home to New York City, he hung out at a coffeehouse on State Street.

Frankly, he was terrible, still learning his craft, and played for tips, which he seldom received. Flusher students who pitied him would have a coffee and donut sent over to him. I couldn’t believe it when I saw his first album in a record store a few years later. His return to play at the Union Theater must have been personally satisfying.

Chuck Kleinhans ’64
Eugene, Oregon

Published in the Spring 2015 issue

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