Thu, 07 Jun 2012 18:37:41 GMT | By Sean Plummer
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Bob Dylan goes electric



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There are certain moments in modern musical history where what comes after is different than what came before, and Bob Dylan 'going electric' is one of them.

There's still a lot of debate as to what exactly happened during Bob Dylan's set at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, but history has it that the folk star's audience booed the young performer for performing an electric set instead of an acoustic one. There was a lot of booing, but was it from the press gallery or die-hard folk "purists"? Were they perhaps booing the shortness of Dylan's 15-minute set? Certainly there was a lot of controversy over Dylan's decision to put his political songwriting on the backburner and embrace a more traditional rock 'n' roll sound, as exemplified by his hit single Like a Rolling Stone.

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