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What really happened the night Bob Dylan went electric?

Was it really the night that split the 60s? Elijah Wald separates fact from fiction in his book, Dylan Goes Electric.
Elijah Wald digs up the real story of a pivotal moment in 60s culture: the day Bob Dylan went electric. (elijahwald.com)
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Fifty years ago, Bob Dylan played a polarizing electric set that sent shockwaves well beyond the Newport Folk Festival — but was it really the night that split the 60s?

Guest host Candy Palmater talks to Dylan Goes Electric author Elijah Wald, who filled a whole book with the mythology surrounding the event. He separates fact from fiction — from the booing crowd to the axe-wielding Pete Seeger — and brings new colour and context to an old story.  

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