APRIL 9,1961: THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED IN WASHINGTON SQUARE

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A man and his cello.
April 9, 1961: The day the music died in Washington Square.

After the city banned music in Washington Square in the spring of 1961, Israel Young — the owner of The Folklore Center on MacDougal Street — organized a peaceful protest. Filmmaker Dan Drasin, then 18, vividly captured the day’s events in his film, Sunday. Fifty years later, Drasin, in town for a screening sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation recalled how 3000 music-loving people were beat back by police.

 

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