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Dylan goes electric: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties

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One of the music world's pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event's fiftieth anniversary.

On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world—Dylan's declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation—and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music.

In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan's artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters.

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On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world—Dylan's declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation—and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music.

In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan's artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters.

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subject_facetDylan, Bob, -- 1941-
Dylan, Bob, -- 1941- -- Appreciation
Dylan, Bob, -- 1941- -- Criticism and interpretation
Dylan, Bob, -- 1941- -- Performances
Electronic books
Folk music -- History -- 20th century
Folk music -- United States -- History
Folk music -- United States -- History and criticism
Newport Folk Festival -- History and criticism
Rock music -- History -- 20th century
Rock music -- History and criticism
Rock music -- United States -- History
Seeger, Pete, -- 1919-2014
Singers -- United States -- Biography
title_displayDylan goes electric : Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the night that split the sixties
title_fullDylan Goes Electric! : Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties [electronic resource] / Elijah Wald
Dylan Goes Electric! Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties
Dylan goes electric : Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the night that split the sixties / Elijah Wald
Dylan goes electric! : Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the night that split the sixties [electronic resource] / Elijah Wald
title_shortDylan goes electric
title_subNewport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties
topic_facetAppreciation
Criticism and interpretation
Dylan, Bob
Electronic books
Folk music
History
History and criticism
Music
Nonfiction
Performances
Rock music
Seeger, Pete
Singers