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LENA SPENCER


Bob Dylan, Suze Rotolo, and Lena Spencer,
Caffé Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY, winter 1961-'62 (Joe Alper)


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Lena Spencer was the owner/operator of Caffé Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY. Bob Dylan performed at Caffé Lena in June 1961 and Jan 14-15, 1962.

Several photographs (taken by Joe Alper) of Dylan performing and offstage (with Suze Rotolo) at Caffé Lena appeared in Kristin Baggelaar and Donald Milton, The Folk Music Encyclopedia, Omnibus Press, London, 1977 (pp. 113 and 365).

January 13-16 [1962]
Dylan stays at the home of Joe Alper in Schenectady, playing the piano and working on new songs. Alper takes several photos of Dylan performing in Schenectady and Saratoga Springs....

Clinton Heylin, Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments, New York, NY, 1996, p. 26.

On Oct 24, 1989, the New York Post reported the death of Lena Spencer ("Saratoga Folk Queen Lena Is Dead At 66")


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