Bob Dylan – 1965 “Goes Electric” Newport Folk Festival Handbill/Ticket Order Form

Here’s an extraordinary Bob Dylan collectible and something we’ve never seen before–a handbill/ticket order form for the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, at which Dylan famously “went electric.”  Dylan’s headline slot on the festival’s closing night, Sunday, July 25, 1965, is probably the most written about rock concert ever.  Almost 50 years later, arguments persist about whether he was booed because he’d brought electric rock to the hallowed acoustic grounds of Newport, or if concertgoers were merely reacting to his loud and distorted sound.

When Dylan performed an acoustic version of “All I Really Want To Do” during an afternoon workshop on the 24th, fans had no inkling of what would unfold the next day.  That evening he rehearsed with the Butterfield Blues Band, Al Kooper and Barry Goldberg, soundchecking the next afternoon.  But when he hit the stage the night of the 25th, blasting out “Maggie’s Farm” the Newport crowd went into shock.

This handbill/ticket order form measures 81/2″ x 11″ and folds to 8 1/2″ x 3 1/8″.  It’s in near excellent condition, and has the name “Mike Bloomfield” written on the front.   A scarce and truly museum quality collectible.

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