The Music of Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village is one of the most cultural neighborhoods in Manhattan. For centuries, tourists and locals have flocked to Greenwich Village to experience some of the most diverse music in the United States. Many famous musicians grew up and performed their music in Greenwich Village. In the 1920's and 1930's, music began to be a huge part of what Greenwich Village was, and still is, known for. By the 1940's and 1950's, musicians were flocking to Greenwich Village.

Many musicians began their career in Greenwich Village, including Cole Porter. He went on to write many songs for Broadway musicals, in which he wrote both music and lyrics. John Cage, a 1950s and 1960s composer, was another musician who called Greenwich Village home during his music career. Cage came to New York Ciy to study music and after attending school in California, ended up in New York again. 

During the Great Depression, country, folk, blues and jazz music were revived in Greenwich Village. The revival died down for awhile after the Great Depression and after the Cold War was over, the revival was reborn in the 1950s, thanks to the musical and artistic vibe that Greenwich Village is so well known for. 

Musicians that help put Greenwich Village on the map include Bob Dylan, Bruce Hornsby, and Arlo Guthrie. These musicians were known for writing songs that protested war, put the spotlight on civil liberties and spoke out against the government. This music had a huge impact on the culture and vibe of Greenwich Village. 

In the late 1960s, Woodstock was being organized and many of the musicians they booked had gotten their start in Greenwich Village. Throughout the 1960s Lovin Spoonful and The Mamas & the Papas were both formed in Greenwich Village.

Greenwich Village is the ultimate music destination.

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