July 25, 1965: Bob Dylan Goes Electric at Newport Folk Festival
On this day in 1965, Bob Dylan courageously took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival with his Fender Stratocaster and played electrified versions of now-classics such as “Maggie’s Farm” and “Like A Rolling Stone.” Dylan’s unconventional performance was almost immediately met with boos and shouts of dissatisfaction.
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Photo: Folk singer Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 1965 in Newport, Rhode Island (Photo by David Gahr/Getty Images).