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

Festival Moment

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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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.



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Bruce Springsteen inducts Bob Dylan at the 1988 Rock Hall inductions.

Bob Dylan accepts award at 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions.
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