Robert Shelton

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Robert Shelton (June 28, 1926, Chicago, Illinois, United States – December 11, 1995, Brighton, England) was a British music and film critic.


Shelton's most enduring claim to fame was that he helped launch the career of a then unknown 20-year-old folk singer named Bob Dylan. Dylan was performing at Gerdes Folk City in Greenwich Village the ne-plus-ultra of New York City folk venues, opening for a bluegrass act called the Greenbriar Boys. Shelton's positive review brought crucial publicity to Dylan, which led to a Columbia recording contract and a Peter, Paul and Mary cover of "Blowin' in the Wind".

Articles by Robert Shelton

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