A terrific and fascinating look at Folk Music and the event that almost singlehandedly brought it down.
Folk was the music of the people, popular (to the chagrin of some of its practitioners) and important. Pete Seeger, a disciple of Woody Guthrie, was its gatekeeper. And Bob Dylan was seen as the next standard-bearer.
But Dylan is nobody’s hero. The iconoclastic singer/songwriter showed up at Newport and plugged in. The rest is legend (and some of the legend is wrong), but that moment marked the end of the folk phase of protest music and the beginning of rock as the voice of the new generation.
This book looks at the history of the music and personalities leading up to 1965, and touches briefly on the aftermath.
A great read for anyone who likes Dylan, pop music, folk music, the Sixties or just a good yarn.
I received a free review copy of this book.