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Handbill announcing a series of 1961 concerts at Gerdes Folk City in Greenwich Village, one of which featured then unknown Bob Dylan as the opening act for The Greenbriar Boys.

DYLAN, Bob. 4to. The first in the series of concerts was a long stint by Lonnie Johnson, Victoria Spivey and David Gude playing September 12 through the 24th. From September 26 through October 8th the Greenbriar Boys were playing with Bob Dylan, then entirely unknown and having just arrived in NYC, as their opening act. This was Dylan's second professional gig (his first one was four months earlier opening for John Lee Hooker at the same venue). Famously, the opening night performance was attended by noted critic Robert Shelton of The New York Times who went to review The Greenbriar Boys but instead was so captivated by Dylan that he write a glowing review that raved about Dylan as a new talent calling him "one of the most distinctive stylists to play a Manhattan cabaret in months" noting that "there is no doubt that he is bursting at the seams with talent." Shelton ends the review by stating: "Mr. Dylan is vague about his antecedents and birthplace, but it matters less where he has been than where he is going, and that would seem to be straight up." This prophetic review from Shelton had an immediate and profound effect on lifting Dylan from obscurity and jump-starting his career. Light handling, some soiling and a modest sepia stain on back, only a tiny part of the stain visible from the front, presents very nicely overall. An important true rarity from ground zero of Dylan's career---the second announcement of any kind for a performance by Bob Dylan.
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Autograph Letter Signed to Judith Aminoff, editor of Cover magazine.

KRUGER, Barbara. Two-and-a-third pages on three quarto sheets. Postmarked Marina Del Rey, January 16, 1980. Kruger attempts to clarify details about an article that she submitted for Cover #3, and responds to Judith's suggestions about the piece. Kruger remarks: "I am unaware as to the deadline of Cover #3 and sorry that we missed speaking before I left the city. Judith, I feel the piece I submitted to be a good one. Your suggestions about making a spread of the picture are interesting on a graphic, formal level. If that is done---type could be surprinted on the photostat or the layout could read like so:" Beneath that sentence Barbara has done a small drawing indicating how she imagines the type and image would look together. She goes on to say: "I have considered cutting some of the lines of type. Whatever the 'style' I must know soon as I have the stat negative out here + of course the type could be reset perhaps larger if the lay out remains the same:" Barbara then does another small drawing to illustrate what she envisions. She closes by saying: "The other possibility is that of a dialogue. Richard Prince is coming out in Feb.---another is Jon Borofsky who is teaching at Cal Arts + Martha Rosler at San Diego." "Please contact me soon, as I am quite busy, as I'm sure you are.Let me know what's happening, Love Barbara." The hand-addressed mailing envelope is present. A desirable letter from the early part of Kruger's career, with art-related content and references to her peers. Creased where folded for mailing, some wrinkling to last page, else fine. Kruger correspondence with content about her work, especially from this period, seldom appears on the market.