The club was founded in 1961 by American painter, musician and actor Harold Bradley, Jr., and was located in Via Garibaldi, in Trastevere. In January 1963 a then little known Bob Dylan performed in the club. In 1967, Bradley returned to the United States, and the club management passed to the chemist and music lover Giancarlo Cesaroni. Initially focusing on jazz and blues artists, during the years it gradually hosted artists belonging to other styles and new tendences. In 1971 it moved from Via Garibaldi to the library L'Uscita, in Via dei Banchi Vecchi, and eventually moved to Via Sacchi, Trastevere.
During the 1970s, the club actively contributed to the launch of several artists' careers, particularly singer-songwriters, including Antonello Venditti, Francesco De Gregori, Rino Gaetano, Mimmo Locasciulli, Stefano Rosso, Gianni Togni, Sergio Caputo, Giorgio Lo Cascio, Grazia Di Michele, Mario Castelnuovo. Cesaroni also created a "Folkstudio" record label which released debut albums of artists who regularly performed in the club such as Corrado Sannucci and Locasciulli.
- "Trastevere, scoperta una targa per celebrare il Folkstudio". La Repubblica. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- Ernesto Bassignano; Lalla Cantore. "Folkstudio". Gino Castaldo (edited by). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990. pp. 694-5.
- Colleen Josephine Sheehy; Thomas Swiss. Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan's Road from Minnesota to the World. U of Minnesota Press, 2009. pp. 84–9. ISBN 0816660999.
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