Thanks to Hey Marseilles.
It’s been one of those weekends with not much activity. At least activity in terms of how most young people perceive it. But I discovered something amazing this weekend and that was Bob Dylan’s performances from 1963 to 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival.
In a way I discovered both Bob Dylan and also the festival, which still takes place every summer in Rhode Island. I had never been a fan of Bob Dylan before, probably because so many people talk about him all the time that I didn’t feel like I could discover him. And I love discovering new bands and artists. But holy shit if I did.
Being there in person to listen to those performances +50 years ago had to be amazing. Not only amazing because of Dylan’s performance itself, but because of how that event changed people’s perception of folk music.
Hell, even a big portion of the audience that was there in 1965 booed Dylan because of betraying folk music with electric an electric sound, performing Maggie’s Farm, Like a Rolling Stone and Phantom Engineer. But he came back to the stage that night, alone, and performed one of the best versions I’ve ever heard of Mr Tambourine Man.
“Does anybody have an E Harmonica?”
Funny enough today I have been walking around with the latest album of the First Aid Kit sisters on repeat in my iPhone. An when I listen to it I can’t stop thinking of those Dylan’s videos from 55 years ago. Dunno why. Maybe because it feels like folk music hasn’t died. And it won’t. Ever.
Nothing beats what you feel when you discover a new artist or band. It happened to me last Sunday when I walked into Rough Trade East and listened to a few songs from Tom The Lion first album.
After a few minutes I decided to buy the album (awesome packaging as a small little wooden box) and now I can’t stop listening to it. I’ll be seeing him on Dec 7th at the St Pancras Old Church.
More info: http://tomthelion.co.uk/
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