July 25th 1965 – Bob Dylan Goes Electric at the Newport Folk Festival
Although it seems hard to believe now but the night Bob Dylan played an electric music set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 the folk music scene blew up in a mountain of controversy and may have altered Bob Dylan’s musical career forever.
Dylan’s performance is caught on numerous documentaries and the boos can be heard all through his set which began with his song “Maggie’s Farm” which is why I used that in my cartoon. The reason Dylan did this has been debated but Dylan obviously knew what he was doing and rehearsed the night before after coming up with the idea for doing it. And before this happen Dylan had been strictly acoustic folk singer and a darling of the folk music scene and Newport Folk Festival had even helped further Dylan’s career but all that changed in an instant with just a few amplifiers.
In my cartoon I just wanted to have fun and blow the whole thing way out of proportion and make it completely absurd which I love doing. I had fun drawing the crowd; with each person responding differently to the music. I also exaggerated the guitar playing and amp’s by making the amps enormous an giving Dylan a Eddie Van Halen style guitar. I hope it gives you a laugh.
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