It’s generally become unnecessary to explain the importance of the Greenwich Village folk scene to American popular culture. What gets overlooked, however, is the important role that it also played in the development of some of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters.
Leonard Cohen was a respected poet when he moved to New York City in the mid-1960s. He was drawn to the Greenwich folk scene and became inspired to turn his poems into songs. By 1974, he had recorded the albums ‘Songs from a Room,’ ‘Famous Blue Raincoat,’ ‘Leonard cohen: Live Songs,’ and ‘New Skin for the Old Ceremony.’ Joni Mitchell also moved to Greenwich in the mid-1960s, and in the embrace of Greenwich became one of the great female songwriters. Other singer-songwriters who found their voice in the fertile environment of the Greenwich Village folk music scene of the 60s include Buffy Sainte-Marie and some guy named Neil Young.