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Newport Folk marks 50th anniversary of Dylan going electric

On the night of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan strode onto a stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar and gave the music world a shock. Wearing a black leather jacket, the darling of the folk movement and singer of protest songs launched into a searing, distortion-filled, three-song electric set that brought boos from folk purists but thrilled others. Fifty years later, it's considered one of the most important events in rock history, the high-voltage moment when Dylan broke away from folk and helped show fellow musicians the poetic possibilities of rock. The Fender Stratocaster that Dylan played that night sold for nearly $1 million, the highest price ever paid...

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