Izzy Young, born Israel Goodman Young in New York in 1928, was the man who organized the first Bob Dylan show for the public. Young opened the Folklore Center in New York in the late 1950s, where artists like Patti Smith, Joan Baez and Tim Buckley played before they became known.
In the '70s, Izzy Young came to Sweden and Stockholm. Here he opened his folklore center in Wolmar Yxkullsgatan, where he organized concerts and sold books and records. The center was closed earlier this fall.
Singer Andersson Wij remembers warmly "The Godfather of the People" and his relationship with Dylan.
"Izzy marked Dylan's first show at Carnegie Hall in 1961. They maintained sporadic contact even after Izzy moved to Stockholm and started the Folklore Center in the early 70's. The last thing I heard was that Dylan only visited him a few years ago, at the Wollmar Yxkullsgatan store, Izzy handled an impressive library of American folk music and helped him pay any unforeseen bills, "writes Andersson Wij on the Instagram.
Izzy Young fell asleep on Monday night surrounded by family.
He had a fantastic life and achieved a fantastic end, says his daughter Philomène Grandin through his friend Liv Weisberg to Kulturnytt.
Izzy Young was 90 years old.