Highway 61 – The One Time a Popular Minority Uprising Didn’t Suck

Overturning the status quo is not always a bad thing. By rejecting the folk music establishment of the 60s, Bob Dylan introduced new music to a new generation. Now recognized as a literary art form by the Nobel Prize Committee, his music and poetry brought with it a cultural awareness that never died. We’re still humming and keeping time to his beats, whether the pop ballads of his late career or the original electrified folk-blues-rock of his early modern period. But with today’s changing climate, both literally and metaphorically speaking, what does the future hold for the youth culture? Only time will tell. But unlike Pete Seeger and the folk elite of his time, let’s not give in to tears of rage as we watch the world


Let’s not lose faith in humanity. It’s not all over yet, baby Blue.

The stage was set for Dylan’s apocalyptic Newport Folk Festival appearance … On the festival’s first day, Dylan performed an acoustic workshop. For his headlining performance on Sunday night, though, he recruited Bloomfield, Kooper, and other members of the Butterfield band. They rehearsed through Saturday night. Preceding Dylan’s appearance were performances by traditional bluesmen Son House and Robert Pete Williams. The stage had no monitors, and when Dylan and his band kicked off with “Maggie’s Farm,” the sound was brutally loud. An outraged Peter Seeger, grand old man of the folk movement, reportedly tried to unplug power cords as the band played. “You could not understand the words!” Seeger explained in No Direction Home. “I was frantic. I said, ‘Get that distortion out!’ It was so raspy you could not understand a word. I told the soundman that if I had an axe, I’d chop the mike cable right now.” The band, meanwhile, launched into “Like a Rolling Stone” and then closed with “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.” That’s all they’d rehearsed, and the set lasted fifteen minutes. The crowd yelling for more, Dylan came back alone and sang “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue.”

[Excerpt from: Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited”: Mike Bloomfield v. Johnny Winter
Jas Obrecht Music Archive] http://jasobrecht.com/dylans-highway-61-revisited-mike-bloomfield-v-johnny-winter/

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