Dylan Goes Electric! Newport. Seeger. Dylan and the Night That Split the Sixties

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One of the music world s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event s fiftieth anniversary. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, 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, booing, 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 context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new 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. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters."

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Marc Notes: One of the music world's pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan 'went electric' at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event's fiftieth anniversary. Review Quotes: 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""Brief Description: One of the music world s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan went electric at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event s fiftieth anniversary. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, 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, booing, 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 context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new 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. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters."Review Quotes: 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""Review Quotes: "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 FestivalReview Quotes: "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"Review Quotes: "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"Review Quotes: "Concise and entertaining . . . a great story, masterfully told, of how the times were, indeed, a-changin'-and why."--Ed Ward, rock and roll historian for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and author of "Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero"Review Quotes: 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""Review Quotes: Concise and entertaining . . . a great story, masterfully told, of how the times were, indeed, a-changin -and why. --Ed Ward, rock and roll historian for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross and author of "Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero""Review Quotes: 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"Review Quotes: Wald contextualizes the deeply divisive event in illuminating detail . . . a major contribution to modern musical history. --Booklist (starred review)"Publisher Marketing: On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival backed by an electric band and 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, booing, 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 context 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 new 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. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters." Review Citations:

Library Journal Prepub Alert 02/01/2015 pg. 60 (EAN 9780062366689, Hardcover)

Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2015 (EAN 9780062366689, Hardcover)

Booklist 06/01/2015 pg. 9 (EAN 9780062366689, Hardcover) - *Starred Review

Library Journal 07/01/2015 pg. 86 (EAN 9780062366689, Hardcover)

Contributor Bio:  Wald, Elijah Elijah Wald is a writer and musician whose books include Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues and How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music. A respected expert on the folk revival, he collaborated with Dave Van Ronk on The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the inspiration for the Coen Brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis. His awards include a 2002 Grammy, and he has taught blues history at UCLA and lectured widely on American, Mexican, and world music. He currently lives in Medford, Massachusetts.

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Udgivet USA, 12/02-2019
Oprindeligt udgivet 2015
ISBN13 9780062366689
Forlag DEY STREET BOOKS
Katalognr. 9780062366689
Genre Folk
Antal sider 368
Mål 158 × 219 × 36 mm
Vægt 476 gram
Sprog Engelsk

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