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These are the questions author Edward Renehan addresses in Dylan at Newport, 1965.
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By tru britty on 08-01-15
Debunking the Newport Myth
The story goes that Dylan got booed off the Newport stage in 1965 for plugging in.
The author digs thru the history to set the record straight. It has been set straight before, but this is the Audible version and an abbreviated one that doesn't come embedded in a longer history of Dylan.
The audience booed when Dylan was on. Pete Seeger did threaten to wield an axe. Folklorist Alan Lomax and Dylan's manager Albert Grossman did trade blows at some point. But the why of the myth and the why of fact are not one and the same, says the author.
Renehan does a good job giving background on the festival and its partipants. He says a lot in a very limited space, and stays true to his purpose to tell a more factual account. This is not Hunter S.
Thompson mainlining dramatic prose. But the book is a good and precise little history.
The narrator could have used some help with editing. Another sound editor would have removed the mouth smacking sounds. It happens all the time in audio recording and I didn't really care. But the narrator, if he is doing his own editing, might want to take those out next time.
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