50th anniversary of Dylan going electric


It is one of the single most famous moments in the history of music. On the 25th July 1965, Bob Dylan made a spontaneous decision to play with an electric backing band at the Newport Folk Festival. His set, which included the first ever public performance of ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, was met by both cheering and booing. Folk traditionalists were shocked by the fact that Dylan, who was a key creative force in folk music and was considered the voice of a generation, would move away from his roots in writing acoustic, political themed songs.