Wednesday, January 23, 2008

NOTE: This version has recently been released on video and is from the Newport Folk Festival 1965. Dylan has just been famously booed at Newport after he plugged in and sang the electric versions of Maggie's Farm and Like a Rolling Stone. The crowd was quite worked up, booing and protesting at what they perceived to be Dylan's sell-out to the Cause and Pete Seeger infamously has been said to have been out looking for an ax to cut the power to the stage. Dylan left the stage (and later went out and, he says in the Scorsese film, got drunk) - but before he did that, he came back out on stage alone and - almost defiantly - with his acoustic guitar and harmonica on hand, pointedly and deliberately sang his farewell to the past.

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