What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival

In the early '60's, folk music was being embraced by college students across the country.  This led to a cultural and political awareness which, in no small part, gave way to the hippie and anti-war movement later in the decade.

I'm not a great folk music historian. The genre pretty much came to fore with Woody Guthrie during the depression.  He rambled the country writing and singing about the ordinary people who were swept up in poverty and injustice.

The Newport Folk Festival was the place to be to hear songs written by your left leaning heroes.  

Vanguard records released a recording featuring performances from the 1963 festival.

Newport Broadside Topical Songs at the Newport Folk Festival 1963  (Vanguard 1963)

The album features two duets with Bob Dylan - one with Joan Baez and one with Pete Seeger

For all the free and progressive thinking at the festival, they weren't very tolerant of Bob Dylan two years later at the 1965 festival.

Bob decided to change his sound a bit by bringing in electric instruments.  Lefty folk king Pete Seeger was so outraged he threatened to take an axe to the power cords.   So much for free thinking.  You may think freely, but if you don't think freely in the manner of which we dictate, you get the axe.

Which brings me to the Vanguard label.

A folk label that had most of the lefty folkies on their roster.  Why then would they choose a logo which reminds us of The Crusades.  Are they celebrating the moment in history where people were killed for thinking differently?

Vanguard pretty much stuck to their folky guns until they went rock and signed Country Joe and the Fish in 1968.

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