• Title: Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties
  • Author: Elijah Wald
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Electric Dylan controversy Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival HISTORY Six weeks earlier, Bob Dylan had recorded the single that marked his move out of acoustic folk and into the idiom of electrified rock and roll. Dylan Goes Electric Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the 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 The Night Bob Dylan Went Electric Time Elijah Wald is the author of Dylan Goes Electric On the evening of July , , Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival in black jeans, black boots, and a black leather jacket Dylan Goes Electric Elijah Wald Hardcover 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 Dylan Goes Electric Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night Dylan Goes Electric puts that night in the cultural, political and historical context of its time, traces Dylan s evolution as a searching and omnivorous musician, explores what Newport was and meant, and restores Pete Seeger to the central role he played in the festival and the whole concept of folk music as it was understood in that time

    Dylan Goes Electric Newport Seeger Dylan and the Night that Split the Sixties 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
    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 audiOne 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.

    One Reply to “Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties”

    1. Wald's focus is the night Dylan took the stage at the 1965 Newport Jazz/Folk festival, backed by most of the Paul Butterfield Blues band, and "electrified one half his audience and electrocuted the other." Newport principally had been acoustic (and, if not, featured only electrified ethnic folk music, e.g Cajun). But Dylan cranked the volume up to "11". It is true, as described in Alex Ross's book on 20th Century music, and the surviving film (turned into a brilliant documentary by Scorsese) tha [...]

    2. He had such promise—Pete Seeger on Bob DylanHe was “gooder” than the others—description of Pete SeegerDylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties, by Elijah Wald, is a stool on three legs. It's the story of early Bob Dylan, his art and commerce, it's the story of the Newport Folk Festival during the period when it gave the imprimatur to politically conscious sixties pop music, and it's also the story of Pete Seeger, who was as much the founder of th [...]

    3. I received this ARC from Dey Street Books and Elijah Wald. Thank you for allowing me to read this excellent book! This book was extremely long (350 pages) and does a little back and forth time jumping through the years of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, but all in all it was an excellent read, and by the end you feel like a spectator of The Night that Split the Sixties. And you will appreciate your understanding of the rolls of many other personalities involved the the resurgence of Folk mu [...]

    4. I liked this more than I thought I would. It tells a story about the evolution of the folk movement, Dylan's development, and their intersection in Newport in 1965. I knew some of the story, but learned a lot that I did not know. There are various ways to tell that story, and the author did a good job of filling them out. In a few words, Wald put the climax like this (p. 301): "it was the iconic moment of intersection when rock emerged, separate from rock 'n' roll, and replaced folk as the serio [...]

    5. Elijah Wald has nothing but praise for musicians trying to make a buck; his Dylan book bloats with the self-satisfaction of a job well-paid. Fifty years ago, the Newport Folk Festival 1965 stretched out over three days; clocking in at 309 pp Dylan Goes Electric! has 103 pp. per day. In analysis, the question is only whether Newport '65 merits its centrality within rock criticism as an event in the counterculture. Answer: No. Wald can't answer that, it's no way to pitch a book. To argue such ackn [...]

    6. Disclaimer first: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher.I am a fan of Dylan's writing as well as Seeger's. I was born a bit after this infamous night, but I was raised on this music. I never felt my allegiance pulled to one side or the other. I blame/credit my parents for this. Obviously they never felt they could only be fans of one or the other either.There wasn't a whole lot of new information in this book. Most of it I've either heard watching documentaries about the folk fe [...]

    7. A terrific and fascinating look at Folk Music and the event that almost singlehandedly brought it down.Folk was the music of the people, popular (to the chagrin of some of its practitioners) and important. Pete Seeger, a disciple of Woody Guthrie, was its gatekeeper. And Bob Dylan was seen as the next standard-bearer.But Dylan is nobody's hero. The iconoclastic singer/songwriter showed up at Newport and plugged in. The rest is legend (and some of the legend is wrong), but that moment marked the [...]

    8. Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties Elijah Wald 368 Pages ISBN: #978-0062366689 Dey Street Books 2014Critic Elijah Wald might best be termed a critical anthropologist/archeologist of American Music, reexamining what has previously been written, seeking that which has not, and, by widening his net of inquiry, providing a new and broader musical landscape from which to draw previously unconsidered conclusions. Wald is the author of some 12 books, two [...]

    9. An important story about a great musical progression. The author analyzes the end of the folk movement, by centering on Bob Dylan through 1965 and his famous story at Newport Folk Festival. A big theme is authenticity especially of folk, versus shallow audience taste for re-hashed Kingston Trio songs and copy-cat pop-rock songs. Albert Grossman is an interesting, villainous figure who produced many commercial pop talents including Dylan whom he encouraged to go electric. I enjoyed the history, a [...]

    10. Bob Dylan's explosive and polarizing appearance on the closing night of the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is the vortex of this engagingly-told history of the rise and fall of the early-1960s American folk music phenomenon. Dylan's performance is legendary because he played an electric guitar (an instrument non grata among many folk purists) and was backed by a heavily amplified blues/rock band (including several members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band), offending many traditional folk music fan [...]

    11. "On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the 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 and 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 his opening line: “I ain’t gonna work on Magg [...]

    12. I enjoyed this book. While Wald covers Dylan and the '65 Newport Festival, there is a lot more here. He goes into depth on the late 50's/early 60's folk revival including Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and many others. He discusses the various factions that sprung up during the period (i.e. the "preppy groups such as the Kingston Trio versus the singer songwriter types such as Dylan). He also discussed the Newport festival prior to '65 and how Dylan's appearance really capped off the end of the traditio [...]

    13. Dylan Goes Electric! contains several stories packed in under 400 pages.One story is the rise of Bob Dylan, his role in the folk genre, and his moving away from it.Another story is the story of Pete Seeger, the place of the folk genre in the 1960s, and the purity of music.An additional story is the one of the Newport Folk Festival, particularly its rise and fall.Wald does an excellent job keeping the book interesting while giving some good insights into a part of music history that typically get [...]

    14. Well written account of how the Folk Revival of the '50s and early '60s mixed with Rock 'n' Roll and became Rock, with Bob Dylan as the catalyst. The author really knows the folk music of that era. Towards the book's end, Wald's explication of the music's transformation becomes somewhat repetitive.

    15. Dylan Goes Electric by Elijah WaldReading Elijah Wald's Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan & the Night that Split the Sixties (Dey Street/Harper-Collins Publishers, 2015, 368 Pages, $28.99/13.00) reproduces in wonderful, eye-opening detail the environment of the Newport Folk Festival during July of 1965 when Bob Dylan appeared on stage on Sunday evening fronting an electric band, sang three rock songs, and the world changed. To place the momentous events of Newport into the social [...]

    16. When Dylan broke into " Maggie's Farm" with electrical accompaniment at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, it marked a cultural dividing line. The " purists" viewed Dylan as a traitor for purportedly abandoning his folk roots (of Pete Seeger vintage) and joining those with corrupt commercial leanings. Others saw it as just another phase in music evolution as folk was transitioning to folk-rock. Dylan was actually rather bewildered by it all as he didn't regard himself as folk or this or that gen [...]

    17. From the title, you’d expect this book to be about the third night of the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when Bob Dylan played a short set of three songs with electric amplified instruments, and (according to legend) was booed off the stage by disappointed folk fans. And it is. But fortunately, it’s about a lot more as well, as Wald does a really fine job of taking the reader through the years leading up to that night, when the “folk revival” was a major movement in American popular music. [...]

    18. If you are a Dylan fan, or if you just have an interest in music history, this is a fantastic read.The specific night it centers on is the infamous 1965 Newport folk festival performance when BD made clear the division between the folk scene in which he'd come up and the emerging rock 'n roll scene he had by then embraced.What is great about this book is that even though the book builds to and centers around one particular night, the writer of the book does a stellar job of laying out a full pic [...]

    19. As a history of folk music, or even the Newport Festival in general, this is a great book a chronicle of when Dylan played Electric at Newport, this is terrible. The author does an excellent job putting together the book, and remaining relatively bias-free on a heavily opinionated topic. But the description and title are incredibly misleading. They both imply that the focus will be split between a few titles, but that the main focus will be on Dylan and his direction towards a more modern sound [...]

    20. It is a very good read, and takes some angles I was surprised at, specifically The Beatles, but others as well. I gained an appreciation for Pete Seeger. Most I'd read just left me with a bad taste in my mouth about where he was coming from and what he was about. I knew his general past (with Woody, and his fight for Leftist ideaology), but he seemed a stick in the mud, and this really brought his full, and at different times in his life, inconsistent quotes, into focus. I particularly liked thi [...]

    21. Tells the story of that night at Newport. The accounts of what happened vary quite a bit, with some saying they couldn't hear Bob's voice, some saying the sound was OK, some saying the audience booed, etc. Wald shows that a lot of what you experienced depended on where you were, given the relatively primitive outdoor sound systems of the time, and especially one that was mostly designed for folk music. A lot of the confusion was also about Bob's short set, and bad scheduling. The Seeger with the [...]

    22. I had a rock show on AM radio when Highway 61 came out and the scrawny little bigot of a "Program Director" just came friggin unglued and BANNED it after I played some of it on the air. And the morning jock took a look at the cover and called Dylan a faggot. Right then I knew I was onto something If the "Adults" hated it, it couldn't be all bad - I mean, they were the ones off snuffing all my friends in 'Nam, right?Anyway Hearing that those fruity folkies had booed Dylan when he plugged in, just [...]

    23. Excellent book which is only sort of about its title topic, the night in 1965 when Bob Dylan provoked a mini-uprising at the Newport Folk Festival by plugging in with electric instruments rather than acoustic. Wald points out that the real problem wasn't the electric guitars, but the horrid sound mix and the fact that his backing musicians had been gathered in a hurry and hadn't had much rehearsal time. But at least half the book is a history of American folk music as a popular genre, and the ro [...]

    24. I learned a lot of interesting facts from this book, but it was because of being part of the choir. It was interesting to me because I was a folk song obsessed guitar player and singer during the period in the book. I’m not sure if this book would appeal to anyone other than a Bob Dylan fan, or folk music fan. It was enjoyable reading the behind the scenes activities of all the folk singers I admired. Bob Dylan moved on from folk music in 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival, and so did many peop [...]

    25. This is a good background book on the folk scene in the sixties and earlier. I learned a lot about Dylan, his influences and his predecessors, especially Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. I certainly didn't recognize all the names, but I did live through the sixties, and the book made me want to read more and understand folk. An interesting concept was the notion that folk originated with southern blacks, and that whites were only imitating, and not really capable of creating folk moments. Still, f [...]

    26. This book gives a detailed look at the years 1960-1965 in Dylan's evolution. It was a fascinating time in the US and in music and the book is chock full of fascinating scenes and encounters (e.g. Dylan with the Beatles and Stones). It documents the complex relationship between traditional folk musicians and those who popularized it (e.g. The Weavers and Peter Paul and Mary) and then those who wanted to take it into the rock arena. It all culminated in that night in 1965 when Dylan did an electri [...]

    27. Surprisingly one of the best books I've read. The book takes the reader from the start of the "folk revival" movement circa 1949 to the disastrous Dylan electrification at Newport in July 1965, to its aftermath. I thought the history was excellent. It is clear that the author was trying to minimize the extent of damage Dylan did to the folk music movement. On the other hand the author may have been right that the real culprit was the Beatles and not Dylan and that Dylan actually went electric be [...]

    28. There was a lot of good information here, and I enjoyed reading about artists and music that I hadn't thought about in 40 years. But I kept wishing the book had been written by Erik Larson, or someone who could write a more coherent narrative. I kept finding myself reading along and saying "Wait, what year did this happpen?" or "Who said this?" and having to go back a few paragraphs to get my bearings and figure out when something happened or whose opinion the author was writing about. Wald's re [...]

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