On one of the truly pivotal days in music history, Bob Dylan performed at the Newport Folk Festival today in 1965. Conflicting accounts of this performance exist, but regardless of whether the audience’s reaction was positive or negative, Dylan “going electric” was a defining moment in 20th century popular culture. Today’s image dates from a few weeks earlier, during the Columbia recording sessions that produced “Like A Rolling Stone.” Perhaps this photo marks the moment when Dylan was recording his long-unheard solo piano, waltz-time version of the song.
Source: Legacy Recordings
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