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


One of the track world’s pre-eminent critics takes a clean and much-needed examine the day Dylan “went electrical” on the Newport people competition, timed to coincide with the event’s 50th anniversary.

On the night of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the level at Newport folks competition, sponsored by way of an electrical band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The viewers of devoted folks purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mixture of surprise, booing, and scattered cheers. It was once the shot heard around the world—Dylan’s announcement of musical independence, the tip of the folks revival, and the delivery of rock because the voice of a generation—and one of many defining moments in twentieth-century music.

In Dylan is going Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and ancient context of this seminal occasion that embodies the transformative decade that was once the sixties. Wald delves deep into the people revival, the increase of rock, and the tensions among conventional and groundbreaking song to supply new insights into Dylan’s inventive evolution, his distinctive affinity to blues, his advanced courting to the people institution and his someday mentor Pete Seeger, and the methods he reshaped renowned tune perpetually. Breaking new flooring on a narrative we predict we all know, Dylan is going Electric! is a considerate, sharp appraisal of the arguable occasion at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, research of why it matters.

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