Dylan at Newport, 1965: Music, Myth, And Un-Meaning (Unabridged)
by Edward Renehan
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One of the most famous moments of the '60s - and one that continues, to this day, to be grossly misconstrued, mistold, and loaded with undeserved meaning - is the night in July, 1965, when Bob Dylan played an electric set (or at least tried to play an electric set) at the Newport Folk Festival: an event after which, supposedly, the culture of the '60s was never quite the same again. But was Dylan's much-hyped and quite abbreviated, 15-minute performance really a pivot point from acoustic to electric, from traditional to commercial, from topical to cynical, and from roots to revolution? These are the questions author Edward Renehan addresses in Dylan at Newport, 1965.