Historian Sean Wilentz talks about the rich history of Columbia Records, and how the label combined technical and social change to create of some of the greatest albums ever made. In 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, he tells how Columbia nurtured the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more.
Today, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his first album, Bob Dylan is releasing a new album called “Tempest.” And The Takeaway is looking at the album, as well as who Bob Dylan has become. What does he offer a new generation of listeners?
Our series on great concert halls and nightclubs from New York music history continues with a look at Gerde's Folk City, a hub for the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s and ‘70s – and the site of Bob Dylan’s first professional gig.