July 25: Watch Bob Dylan’s First “electric” Concert Ever – Newport 1965


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_message message_box_color=”mulled_wine” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-quote-left”]Joseph Hass: Can you explain why you were booed at the Newport Folk Festival last summer when
you came on stage with an electric guitar and began singing your new material?
Bob Dylan: Like, I don’t even know who those people were. Anyway, I think there’s always a little boo in all of us. I wasn’t shattered by it. I didn’t cry. I don’t even understand it. I mean, what are they going to shatter, my ego? And it doesn’t even exist, they can’t hurt me with a boo.
(Joseph Hass interview – Nov 1965)

“They certainly booed, I’ll tell you that. You could hear it all over the place. I don’t know who they were… they’ve done it just about all over… I mean, they must be pretty rich to go some place and boo. I mean, I couldn’t afford it if I was in their shoes.”
~Bob Dylan ( San Francisco press conference in December ‘65)

“The reason they booed is because he only played for fifteen minutes, when everybody else played for forty-five minutes or an hour. They were feeling ripped off. Wouldn’t you? They didn’t give a shit about us being electric. They just wanted more.”
~Al Kooper[/vc_message][/vc_column][/vc_row]

On July 25, 1965, Dylan performed with a rock band at the Newport Folk Festival. Some sections of the audience booed Dylan’s performance. Leading members of the folk movement, including Irwin Silber and Ewan MacColl criticised Dylan for moving away from political songwriting, and performing with an electric band. (wikipedia)

bob dylan newport 1965

Freebody Park
Newport, Rhode Island
25 July 1965
Newport Folk Festival

Bob Dylan (vocal & electric guitar), Michael Bloomfield (electric guitar) & Sam Lay (drums)
1 Al Kooper (organ), Jerome Arnold (bass).
2, 3 Barry Goldberg (organ), Al Kooper (bass)
4, 5 Bob Dylan (vocal, harmonica & acoustic guitar).



  1. Maggie’s Farm
  2. Like A Rolling Stone
  3. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (Phantom Engineer)
    Fragment – 50s
  4. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  5. Mr. Tambourine Man

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One thought on “July 25: Watch Bob Dylan’s First “electric” Concert Ever – Newport 1965

  1. Newport 1965 was not Dylan’s first electric concert. He had already played electric Rock & Roll with the bands he’d had in Hibbing in the 1950s (The Shadow Blasters, The Golden Chords, The Satin Tones, The Rockets, Elston Gunn & The Rock Boppers).

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