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  DINKYTOWN and the THE TEN O'CLOCK SCHOLAR (aka The Scholar) in the 60's



A DILLER, A DOLLAR (Nursury Rhyme)

A diller, a dollar*,
A ten o'clock scholar**,
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at ten o'clock,
And now you come at noon.

*Diller: Yorkshire term for dim-witted/lazy student; Dollar - one who dilly-dallies
**English schools start at 9'clock or earlier so a Ten O'clock Scholar is someone who shows up late all the time

The Scholar - 1964 - Gopher Yearbook




The Scholar - 1961 - Gopher Yearbook




The Scholar - 1961 - Gopher Yearbook - REVERSED




The Scholar - interior (from Preserve Dinkytown website)

This looks like the back end of the coffee shop. There seems to be a woman behind the counter selling coffee. There are 45 rpm records on the wall.




The Scholar - Exterior




Anthony Scaduto description (Bob Dylan, 1971, Grossett & Dunlap, NY)




Bob Spitz description (Dylan: A Biography, 1989, Norton, NY)




Howard Sounes description (part 1)(Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, 2001, Grove Press, NY )




Howard Sounes description (part 2)(Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan, 2001, Grove Press, NY)




Dinkytown Historic District. (Stops below where The Scholar was.)




Dinkytown - Map.




Dinkytown - Present Day Aerial.




The Scholar location - Sanborn Map




The Scholar - Street View - 1966 - with Scholar circled




The Scholar - Street View - 1966




The Scholar location from above - 1961




The Scholar overplayed on a modern street view of 418 14th Avenue.







DINKYTOWN BLOCK MAPS SHOWING STORES FROM 1963
(source: 1963 Directory by Perine Books/Art Materials)


4th Street West of 14th Ave (1300 block)




4th Street East of 14th Ave (1400 block)




14th Ave. North of 4th Street - (400 block) West Side




14th Ave. North of 4th Street (400 block) - East Side




14th Ave. South of 4th Street (300 block) - West Side




14th Ave. South of 4th Street (300 block) - East Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - West Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side - circa 1970.




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side (This is the 4th Street Side of Gray's Drug Store. Dylan once had a room on the second floor where he looked out onto this alley.)




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side - (This the interior of Gray's Drugs now. It's now the Loring Restaurant bar. The second floor, where Dyaln stayed in something close to a closet, with a bathroom down the hall, has been taken out.)




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side - (From the 1961 U/Minn yearbook - The Gopher.)




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - West Side - ADVERTISEMENT from The GOPHER yearbook.




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - EAST Side (1985)




Dinkytown - 14th Ave below 4th Street - 300 Block - EAST Side (2016)




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - West Side - Al's Breakfast




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - West Side _ Al's Breakfast




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - West Side - (1905) Early corner building before Fanny Farmers (401-409 14th Ave) Note 2-story present-day Espresso Royale building at far right.




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - West Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - West Side (Starbucks/Gina+Will replaced the stores pictured in 3 photos beneath: Podium Music, Book House, House of Hanson)




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - West Side




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - West Side Podium Music - (where one of Dylan's guitars for "Blood on the Tracks" was supplied from)




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - West Side Book House - moved to 4th Street




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - East Side - The Scholar - note Vescio's on right




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - East Side - Vescio's Italian Restaurant




Dinkytown - 14th Ave Above 4th Street - 400 Block - East Side _Top right: close-up from HAACK Microscope Repair Shop




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - on 4th Street at 14th Avenue - Gray's Drug Store in Background - 1945




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - The College Inn Hotel (photo via Historic District)




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - The College Inn (converted to several stores including Book House bookstore.) (also known as the Dinkydale Building)




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - The Varsity Theater with 2 buildings to its east. (via: DInkytown historical commission)




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - The Varsity Theater (modern-day)




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - North side of block - "The "Dinkytown Uprising" (against a Red Apple store coming in - 1970's.)




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street -"Dinkytown Uprising"




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - "Dinkytown Uprising" - shows Lou's Diner.




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - "Dinkytown Uprising" - Lou's Diner (1311 4th St.)




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street _"Dinkytown Uprising" (red Ban Protest) - Close




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - demolition of 1307 4th Street.




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - Red Barn protest sign




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - International Barber Shop




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street Camdi (modern)




Dinkytown - 4th Street - West of 14th Street - Campus Camera - 1327 4th Street - from 1962 yearbook




Dinkytown - 4th Street - EAST of 14th Street at 14th Street - south side : McCosh's bookstore and Bridgeman Ice Cream/Fountain/Luncheonette (note Gray Drugs at right)




Dinkytown - 4th Street - East of 14th Street - Northeast corner 4th St./14th Ave (1970) waiting for bus. (note Campus Bakery on 409 14th Ave. and Simm's Hardware #411-413 14th Ave. in back in back.)




Dinkytown - 4th Street East of 14th Avenue - north side - Note Robinson School of Beauty Culture (1413 4th) on right. Photo from 1954. (from "Reflections")




Dinkytown - 4th Street East of 14th Avenue - north side - Note Robinson School of Beauty Culture (1413 4th) STRIPED AWNING in back left. Photo from 1954. (from "Reflections")




Dinkytown - 4th Street East at 15th Avenue - north side - McDonalds hamburgers. (note: this is not the building that was there, but it looked like this. Built between 1961 and 1963 (TO FACTCHECK: I MAY LEAVE THIS OUT IF IT WAS NOT BUILT WHEN DYLAN WAS ON CAMPUS)




Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity - where Dylan stayed when he first arrived on campus in the mummer of 1959. His cousin Mike Siler was a pledge (future member) at the time.)

The fraternity house was located at 925 University Ave. at the northwest corner of 10th Ave SE.* The fraternity moved in 1966 into the former Alpha Gamma Delta house.

(on page 143 of Positively Main Street Ellen Baker goes to point the old Sigma Alpha Mu house to author Toby Thompson but it's not there: "Well just as I thought. the old fraternity house is gone, too.")




From the 1961 yearbook page..




Sigma Alpha Mu in the yearbook. Dylan did not join the fraternity and moved out after school started.




The Sigma Alpha Mu's (The Sammies) decorating a snowman for a party.




Cover of the U Minnesota Yearbook from 1961. The Gopher (mascot) on a football goalpost.




An annual tradition at U Minnesota in Dylan's day was "Forresters' Day" involving lumberjack-type activities and a beard growing contest.




FACTS FOR THE CONTINUATION OF THE DINKYTOWN ENTRY

- Dinkeytown is in the Marcy-Holmes area of Minneapolis. It it northeast of downtown Minneapolis.The streets are called SE (Southeast) because they are EAST of the river and SOUTH of Hennepin In addition to the Scholar, Dylan hung out in several other places here, including 2 bars: The Holland the the Triangle.:

-He went to bars in the "West Bank" area of Minneapolis (on the west side of the river). The West Bank is a nickname for the area where Cedar Ave and Riverside Ave Come together. It's about a mile and 2 tenths south of Dinkytown. (According to Wikipedia 100 languages are spoken in the neighborhood which is ver diverse.. Although a skid row in the 5o's in the mid 60's it became quite a counterculture/hippie scene, known in 1967 as the midwest's answer to Haight- Ashbury.

-In the west bank he went to the Triangle Bar (1822 Riverside Ave at 19th Ave South). The triangular -shaped building is still there, but the bar is closed. ( I have an old photo). This was a place that Dave Ray, Tony Glover, and "Spider" John Koehner played often.


- Dylan also hung around a bar called the Holland Bar, which was near the corner of Cedar Ave and Riverside Ave.

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- Besides the SCHOLAR, Dylan also played in 2 other food establishments:

1) The BASTILLE - This was located just east of the U Minn Campus at the corner of Washington Ave and Oak Ave SE.

("The Bastille was an old house near the corner of Oak and Washington, fixed up by its owners Harvey Abrams and Bob Brull as a folk club. (Spike magazine via Robert Shelton No Direction home))

(Shelton) In fall and early winter 1960 he played at the Bastille. Bob Beull who died in 1966 was paying him ten dollars a night.

(Shelton) Quoting Harvey Abrams: "I met Bob in summer 1960. he had already written a couple of beautiful songs like "The Klan."…He was playing weekends the Scholar., earning five dollars a night. Then Bob Beull and I opened op a coffeehouse. We leased an old house near Oak and Washington Avenue and built it and named it the Bastille..

Dylan and I were pretty good friend ten. I lived in Melvin McCosh's boarding house above his bookstore. Dave and Gretal Whitaker we are alsop living there. Bob began to play at the Bastille weekends…..he always went as bob Dillon, not Dylan. The only time we saw it with the Dylan thomas spelling was in your New york Times article (sept 1961) At school he was registered a bob Zimmerman, but all of his music billings were spalled Bob Dillion. Everyone nearly flipped when eh came out spelling it the way Dylan Thomas spelled hiss name.

2) The PURPLE ONION PIZZA PARLOR in St. Paul. This was located at 7722 North Snelling Avenue between West Minnehahha and Englewood Ave, on the southeast corner of the street . Hampline University was located along Englewood Ave, so this was only a block away. The building at 7722 is still there. It is called the Hamline Apartments building and has apartment on the 2ndfloor.

(Re: St Paul: Minneapolis and St Paul are known as they Twin Cities, because they seem like one large city with two downtowns. The border of St Paul is the eastern edge of the University of Minnesota, So when Dyln Played in St Paul at the Purple Onion pizza parlor, he was just 5 miles east of Dinkytown along University Ave. So he might have taken a bus to get there.

- Dylan got $5 a night playing the Purple Onion and $5 a night playing the Bastille.

Photo of the building which held the Purple Onion Pizza Parlor, St. Paul, a block from Hamline University.



WORK IN PROGRESS - NOTES

Where Dylan Lived

1) Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity

2) Above Gray's Drugs

3) People's floors-

4) 711 15th Street with Hugh Brown and Max Uhler (Scaduto 46)

-(Shelton): "When Harvey (Abrams), Morton, and Dylan were living at 714 Fifteenth Avenue, SE, "….

- (Soundes) "Dylan shared an apt with Abrahms and Notron on 15th ave".

-(Soundes) "Also shared an apartment with Hugh Brown."


- From the Minnesota Historical Society Website


BOB DYLANS MINNESOTA PARTY TAPE - From the Minnesota Historical Society Website


Before Bob Dylan headed to New York to become one of the world's most renowned folk singer-songwriters, he made music as a virtual unknown in Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. Now, an original recording of one of Dylan's legendary impromptu performances at an apartment in 1960 has found its way to the Minnesota Historical Society Library.

Thanks to Minneapolis resident Cleve Pettersen, the original recording of what fans and music buffs know as the "Minnesota Party Tape" is now available for the first time to the public at the library in the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Pettersen was just a teenager in 1960 when he bought his first reel-to-reel tape recorder and spent a lot of time in coffeehouses in the Dinkytown neighborhood near the University of Minnesota. Pettersen wanted to get a local folk singer to sing songs into his new recorder and asked some local musicians who would be willing. A young Bob Dylan agreed to be recorded. Pettersen went to an apartment on 15th Ave. S.E. in Minneapolis and hung out with Dylan, Bonnie Beecher, and "Cynthia" - another local musician and friend of Dylan's. Pettersen set up the recorder and Dylan casually sang 12 folk songs into it.

Petterson has been the sole owner of the original tape ever since - until he made the decision in 2004 to donate it to the Society for all to enjoy. "The surfacing of this original recording should correct all the rumors and speculation circulating on the Internet and within the circles of Dylan followers and music critics," said Bonnie Wilson, curator at the Society. "Citizens donating historically significant items and artifacts, such as this recording, have enabled the Society's collections to grow and make rare works accessible to all. "The play list includes: "Blue Yodel No. 8," "Come See Jerusalem," "San Francisco Bay Blues," "I'm a Gambler," "Talkin' Merchant Marine," "Talkin' Hugh Brown," "Talkin' Lobbyist," "Red Rosey Bush," "Johnny I Hardly Knew You," "Jesus Christ," "Streets of Glory" and "K.C. Moan." The original tape is copied onto CD and cassette formats and is now available for listening at the library free of charge. Making copies of the recording will not be allowed.

The library hours are: Tuesdays, noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays. This recording will become a part of the expansive collections at the Society, including more than 2,000 sound recordings, 4,000 newspaper titles, more than 350,000 photographs, and more than 36,000 cubic feet of manuscripts.

BOB DYLANS MINNESOTA PARTY TAPE (from Wikipedia)

The Minnesota Hotel Tapes

There are three tapes that are commonly referred as the "Minnesota Tapes": the Minnesota party tape, and the two Minnesota hotel tapes. The first was recorded sometime in May 1961, while the last two were recorded in December of that same year.

The earliest tape was recorded by Dylan's girlfriend at the time, Bonnie Beecher, while the other two were recorded by friend Tony Glover.[11] Several songs from these tapes appeared on the original Great White Wonder. They have forever been distributed across various bootlegs throughout the years, but the most complete collection was released in 1994 as The Minnesota Tapes. This collection includes both tapes in their entirety, spread across three CDs.[12]

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The Minnesota Hotel Tapes

For an article on where the Minnesota Party Tapes were recorded from the Minneapolis Journal online, including a photograph of the building before it was taken down, click here:


The Minnesota Hotel Tapes - The building (now replaced ) in 2011. (click to ENLARGE).

The Dylan & Friends apartment at 711 15th Avenue, SE, Minneapolis, was above the middle stairway on the second floor, probably that bay window, unless they had the back apartment, if there was one. ( info as I recall via Echo Helstrom in Toby Tyler's Positively Main Street. (SEE BELOW)

(This photo comes from Google Street view, then clicking the top left corner and going "back in time" to previous years.)




Echo's description of the 711 apartment in Toby Thompson's Positively Main Street..



711 15th Street SE today.


(via Google Street view).


ADDITIONAL PHOTOS FROM A YOUTUBE VIDEO CALLED "DINKYTOWN SCRAPS" - From 1966

Test shots taken with a Bolex movie camera outside Campus Camera & Record Shop, 1327-1329 4th Street, at the northwest corner where it meets 14th Avenue.


Dinkytown - 1966



Dinkytown - 1966



Dinkytown - 1966 (click to ENLARGE)



Dinkytown - 1966 (click to ENLARGE)



Dinkytown - 1966



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Dinkytown - 1966 - The Bridge Cafe - 1500 4th Street SE



Dinkytown - 1966 (click to ENLARGE)



Dinkytown - 1966 (click to ENLARGE)



Dinkytown - 1966 (click to ENLARGE)



Dinkytown - 1966 (note Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited album in the "folk" rack. (click to ENLARGE)



Dinkytown - 1966 (click to ENLARGE)



WORK IN PROGRESS - MORE TO COME