Original small thin card flyer produced by promoter Harold Leventhal announcing Bob Dylan's Town Hall concert on 12th April, 1963, his "First Solo Concert in New York!" Bob DYLAN.

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Original small thin card flyer produced by promoter Harold Leventhal announcing Bob Dylan's Town Hall concert on 12th April, 1963, his "First Solo Concert in New York!".

Thin tan colour card stock printed in black, featuring quotes from Sing Out and the New York Times, and small insert box reproducing the alternate (slightly larger) Jules Halfant-designed photo-illustrated flyer for the concert. 14x8.5cm. Near Fine.

Although he had played the Carnegie Chapter Hall in November 1961 (which virtually no-one attended), and appeared in Greenwich Village clubs and festivals, this Town Hall concert was Dylan's first major solo concert in New York. It was also the first concert at which he played only his own compositions (barring one rearrangement of a blues tune), and he closed the show with a recitation of his poem, "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie", the full text of which was included in the concert programme. It preceded the release of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" by six weeks, but despite his low commercial profile at the time, he still filled three-quarters of the 1200-seater hall. The performance was well reviewed in the New York Times, and also heralded in Billboard and Variety magazines. It was recorded by Columbia Records, and several tracks were intended for inclusion on the cancelled "Bob Dylan In Concert" album. Since then, about half the show has been officially released.

An extremely rare item of early Dylan ephemera, of which no other examples can be found by this cataloguer.

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