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Greatest Festival Moments in Rock and Roll History: Newport Folk 1965

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Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, 1965

In the time it took Bob Dylan and his hastily assembled band to play four songs, the course of popular music was changed forever. Dylan, the folk bard, revealed his rock and roll roots in full. Any barriers that had existed between the genres, as well as the generations that embraced them, were obliterated. What rock and roll could become and the risks an artist could take became limitless in a single stroke.

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"Maggie's Farm" / "Like a Rolling Stone" at the Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 1965.

Newport Folk Festival soundcheck, 1965

Jac Holzman on Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

Pete Seeger and his reactions during Bob Dylan's electrified performance at Newport 1965.

Bob Dylan with "Mr. Tambourine Man" at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964.

Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963.

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