Bob Dylan In Newport, 1965

The fans at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival came to hear protest songs, but when Dylan played rock, they started protesting.

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Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village, 1962

“You’re born, you know, the wrong name, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free.”

“You had to have a wide repertoire, and you had to know what to play and when because I was playing for small crowds, sometimes no more than four or five people in a room on a street corner. Some songs were intimate, some you had to shout to be heard.”

“I had principles and sensibilities and informed view of the world. I wanted to write songs unlike anything anybody ever heard.”

“How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?” His 1964 ballad,”

“There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’/ It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls / For the times they are a-changin’.”

Newport, Rhode Island 1965

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Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival 1965

“Well, I try my best / To be just like I am / But everybody wants you / To be just like them / They say sing while you slave…”

“Once upon a time you dressed so fine, Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you? Now you don’t talk so loud, now you don’t seem so proud, About having to be scrounging your next meal…”

Dylan’s Muse

“I don’t want you to play any of that B.B. King shit, none of that fucking blues. I want you to play something else.”

“…I aimed my hand At the mongrel dogs who teach, Fearing that I’d become my enemy In the instant that I preach…Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now…”

“Songs are alive in the land of the living. They’re Meant To Be Sung, not read. In the way that Shakespeare’s plays Were Meant To Be acted on the stage. I hope some of you get the chance to listen to these lyrics the way they were intended to be heard.”

Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan, 1965

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Producer of Extraordinary Lives 2019 @TellyAwards for documentaries @ IconicVoices.tv; Author of Be Somebody @ jeffcunningham.com; ex-publisher @Forbes

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