Bob Dylan at the Singers Club, December 1962.

Photos by Brian Shuel.

Lots of recollections of Bob Dylan's pivotal visit to London/Europe November 1962 - January 1963: 

Not all the luminaries on the scene could appreciate Dylan for what he was, however. Even Peggy Seeger was oblivious when she first saw him play, and she remained unimpressed. 'We were on stage at the Pindar of Wakefield,' she remembers. She and her partner, Ewan MacColl (whose songs include 'Dirty Old Town' and 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'), ran the Singers Club night there. 'Somebody's whispered, "Bob Dylan's here", and I seem to remember saying, "Who is Bob Dylan?" I didn't really know who he was but I do remember he was very withdrawn and when he stood up to sing he made literally no impression because you couldn't hear him singing. But he did one song, and stepped down.'

On 22 December, Dylan performed at the Singers Club again. The doorman had heard of the Roundhouse incident and told Seeger: 'I don't want to let that shit in.' Seeger insisted he stay but remained aloof when Dylan brought the house down with 'Masters of War' and 'Hollis Brown'. 'Perhaps we weren't welcoming enough,' she later acknowledged.

See also, Dylan at the Madhouse: 

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