DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC!


DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC!

ELIJAH WALD    Book Number: 89281    Product format: Hardback

In 1965 on the evening of 25th July, Bob Dylan took to the stage at Newport Folk Festival in black jeans, black boots, and a black leather jacket, carrying a Fender Stratocaster in place of his familiar acoustic guitar. The crowd shifted restlessly as he tested his tuning as was joined by a quintet of backing musicians, then the band crashed into a raw Chicago Boogie and, straining to be heard over the loudest music ever to hit Newport, he snarled the opening line: 'I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more!' What happened next is obscured by a maelstrom of conflicting impressions that he was 'roundly booed by folk-song purists' or that Pete Seeger, the gentle giant of the folk scene, tried to cut the sound cables with an axe. Dylan roared into 'Like A Rolling Stone' his new radio hit and the crowd were screaming louder than ever, some with anger at Dylan's betrayal of the folk scene and acoustics, thousands more that they had come to see their idol and he had barely performed. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary tried to quieten them, but it was impossible. Finally, Dylan reappeared with a borrowed acoustic guitar and bid Newport a stark farewell: 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.' This book explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event. Wald delves deep into the folk revival and its intersections with the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and ground-breaking music to provide new insights into Dylan's artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. A thoughtful, sharp appraisal and a nuanced, provocative analysis of why this controversial event mattered to the music scene and popular music. 354pp, eight pages of photos. Remainder mark.
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ISBN 9780062366689
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