In embracing electric Bob Dylans Guitars guitar, Dylan was credited with infusing rock with the depth and complexity of literature.In truth, Dylan had gone electric well before the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Months earlier, he released the album “Bringing It All Back Home,” one side of which was electric. And the single “Like a Rolling Stone” came out just days before the festival.
But his performance at one of folk’s biggest Bob Dylans Guitars showcases — in front of some of the purest of folk purists — caused a sensation.Exactly what happened at the festival on July 25, 1965, has become enshrouded in legend, and debate persists over whether those who booed were angry over Dylan’s electric turn or were upset over the sound quality or the overly brief set.
Backed by a rock band that included Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Al Kooper on organ, Dylan played such songs as “Maggie’s Farm” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” He returned for an acoustic encore with “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”Legend has it that Pete Seeger, one of the elder statesmen of the folk movement, was so angry that he tried to pull the plug on the electric Bob Dylans Guitars performance or threatened to cut the cable with an ax.But years later, Seeger said he had nothing against Dylan going electric — he was upset over the distortion-filled sound system.
Christie’s also was offering five lots of hand- and typewritten lyric fragments found inside the guitar case — early versions of some of Dylan’s songs. They had a presale estimate ranging from $3,000 to $30,000. But only one of them sold; it went for $20,000 and contained draft lyrics for “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”Dressed in black sunglasses and leather jacket, Dylan’s decision to go electric reinforced his singular artistic vision in spectacular, unforgettable style.
His performance, backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues band, is undoubtedly one of the most written about performances in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.Scene legend Bob Jones, who helped organize the Newport Folk Festival from its inception in 1959, will never forget it:”It was a stunner for music back then for Bob Dylan to play like that,” he said.”The folk Bob Dylans Guitars music community did feel betrayed. Here was a guy who was leaving them behind and moving on to another genre, he was deserting the political scene. It was nothing to do with the music or the electric element. He wasn’t supposed to be doing that. He was supposed to be standing up there with an acoustic telling everybody how to vote.