The Lovin' Spoonful in 1965. Clockwise from below: John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone
Singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie emerged from the dust bowl of Oklahoma and the Great Depression in the mid-20th century, with lyrics that embraced his views on ecology, poverty, and unionization, paired with melody reflecting the many genres of American folk music.
Pete Seeger entertaining Eleanor Roosevelt, honored guest at a racially integrated Valentine's Day party marking the opening of a canteen for the United Federal Workers of America, a trade union representing federal employees, in then-segregated Washington, D.C. Photographed by Joseph Horne for the Office of War Information, 1944.
MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village
The Kingston Trio in 1958
453–461 Sixth Avenue in the Historic District
Woody Guthrie in 1943
The intersection of West 4th and West 12th Streets
Burl Ives in 1955
Street signs at intersection of West 10th and West 4th Streets
Pete Seeger in 1955
Map of old Greenwich Village. A section of Bernard Ratzer's map of New York and its suburbs, made ca. 1766 for Henry Moore, royal governor of New York, when Greenwich was more than 2 miles (3 km) from the city.
Josh White, Café Society (Downtown), New York, N.Y., c. June 1946
Gay Street at the corner of Waverly Place; the street's name refers to a colonial family, not the LGBT character of Greenwich Village
Harry Belafonte speaking at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C
Whitney Museum of American Art's original location, at 8–12 West 8th Street, between Fifth Avenue and MacDougal Street; currently home to the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
Odetta, 1961
The Cherry Lane Theatre is located in Greenwich Village.
Joan Baez playing at the March on Washington in August 1963
The annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the world's largest Halloween parade.
Joan Baez and Bob Dylan at the March on Washington, 1963
The Stonewall Inn, a designated U.S. National Historic Landmark and National Monument, as the site of the June 1969 Stonewall riots and the cradle of the modern gay rights movement.
Bob Dylan in November 1963
Blue Note Jazz Club
Peter, Paul and Mary
The Washington Square Arch, an unofficial icon of Greenwich Village and nearby New York University
Judy Collins performing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1967
396-397 West Street at West 10th Street is a former hotel which dates from 1904, and is part of the Weehawken Street Historic District
The Smothers Brothers in 1967
Washington Mews in Greenwich Village; an NYU building can be seen in the background
Christopher Park, part of the Stonewall National Monument
NYPD 6th Precinct
West Village Post Office
Jefferson Market Library, once a courthouse, now serves as a branch of the New York Public Library.
Robert De Niro
Robert Downey Jr.
Hank Greenberg
Emma Stone
90 Bedford Street, used for establishing shot in Friends

The band had its roots in the folk music scene based in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan during the early 1960s.

- The Lovin' Spoonful

John B. Sebastian, the son of classical harmonicist John Sebastian, grew up in the Village in contact with music and musicians, including some of those involved with the American folk music revival of the 1950s through the early 1960s.

- The Lovin' Spoonful

Barred from mainstream outlets, artists like Seeger were restricted to performing in schools and summer camps, and the folk-music scene became a phenomenon associated with vaguely rebellious bohemianism in places like New York (especially Greenwich Village) and San Francisco's North Beach, and in the college and university districts of cities like Chicago, Boston, Denver, and elsewhere.

- American folk music revival

Meanwhile, bands like The Lovin' Spoonful and the Byrds, whose individual members often had a background in the folk-revival coffee-house scene, were getting recording contracts with folk-tinged music played with a rock-band line-up.

- American folk music revival

Greenwich Village also played a major role in the development of the folk music scene of the 1960s.

- Greenwich Village

This list includes Eric Andersen, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Ian, the Kingston Trio, the Lovin' Spoonful, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli, Joni Mitchell, Maria Muldaur, Laura Nyro, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, and the Velvet Underground.

- Greenwich Village
The Lovin' Spoonful in 1965. Clockwise from below: John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone

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