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Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties by [Elijah Wald]
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“Provides a deeply researched and entertaining chronicle of the culture clash that Dylan sparked from the Newport stage.” (David Remnick, The New Yorker)

“It is a great work of scholarship, brimming with insight – among the best music books I have ever read.” (The Guardian)

“Wald contextualizes the deeply divisive event in illuminating detail . . . a major contribution to modern musical history.” (Booklist (starred review))

“Wald is a superb analyst of the events he describes. And his analyses fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Even his introduction includes enough startling context to indicate ‘Dylan Goes Electric!’ will be seeing the old story with new eyes.” (Janet Maslin, New York Times)

“Wald’s personal knowledge seems encyclopedic . . . An enjoyable slice of 20th-century music journalism.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Anyone interested in Dylan, folk music, or rock and roll will adore this volume. It might not resolve the questions of what really happened in Newport in 1965, but it comes very close.” (Library Journal)

“In this tour de force, Elijah Wald complicates the stick-figure myth of generational succession at Newport by doing justice to what he rightly calls Bob Dylan’s ‘declaration of independence’ . . . This is one of the very best accounts I’ve read of musicians fighting for their honor.” (Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties and Occupy Nation)

“What Wald reveals about that most mystified of singer-songwriters and the folk and rock worlds that then surrounded and elevated him changed my own view of a moment I thought I had all figured out-and of the songwriterly 1960s as a whole.” (Ann Powers, author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America and, with the artist, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece)

“Devastatingly smart analysis . . . Wald is a remarkably sharp and graceful writer, capable of drawing extraordinary connections between artists, genres, and cultural moments. There’s simply no one better when it comes to unpacking not just the mechanics of American music, but the mythology of American music.” (Amanda Petrusich, author of Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records)

“Elijah Wald’s book reflects the many directions in which America’s music scene evolved in those extraordinary years, 1963-1970-I can’t recommend it enough.” (George Wein, Founder of the Newport Folk Festival) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From the Back Cover

On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival. Backed by an electric band, he roared into a blistering version of “Maggie’s Farm,” followed by his new rock single, “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, boos, 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 roots and impact of this seminal event. He delves deep into the folk revival and its intersections with the civil rights movement, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide important 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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • File Size : 3017 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : July 14, 2015
  • Print Length : 381 pages
  • Publisher : Dey Street Books; Illustrated Edition (July 14, 2015)
  • ASIN : B00OP1FJ6K
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89 ratings