Arts + Culture

Music's Greatest Hits

by Kara Zuaro

DYLAN'S DISS
Newport, Rhode Island, July 25, 1965

The Moment: Sticklers don't take too kindly to Bob Dylan's decision to crank up his electric guitar at the annual Newport Folk Festival—they boo straight through "Maggie's Farm," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry." When the heckling becomes too much to bear, Dylan flees the stage and returns with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica. After reluctant renditions of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," Dylan (pictured at the festival with Joan Baez), accepts a round of applause and says sayonara to the festival until 2002.

Where to go now: Folkies still journey to Newport for a weekend each August, but the fest isn't as pure as it once was (it's sponsored by Dunkin Donuts, after all). Nonetheless, 2005's headliners, the Pixies, dutifully played unplugged for the first time since they formed in 1986.

Newport Folk Festival
Newport, Rhode Island
Tel: 401 847 3700

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