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

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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

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)

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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).
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Joni Mitchell Sings Bob Dylan – Happy Birthday Joni Mitchell

Photo by Charlyn Zlotnik, 1976

Well, no. but, then, Joni Mitchell is almost like a man [laughs]. I mean, I love Joni, too. But Joni’s got a strange sense of rhythm that’s all her own, and she lives on that timetable… Joni Mitchell is in her own world all by herself, so she has a right to keep any rhythm she wants. She’s allowed to tell you what time it is.
-Bob Dylan (to Kurt Loder, October 1987)

Roberta Joan “Joni” Mitchell (born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, and jazz, Mitchell’s songs often reflect social and environmental ideals as well as her feelings about romance, confusion, disillusionment, and joy. She has received many accolades, including nine Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Rolling Stone called her “one of the greatest songwriters ever”, and AllMusic has stated, “When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century”.

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