Bob Dylan, with Al Kooper at The Newport Folk Festival 1965.

One of my favorite songs by Bob Dylan, like a Rolling Stone, played live at Newport Folk Festival of 1965. This was an important moment in Rock history, as it was the first time that Bob Dylan played live with an electric band. It was a scratch band used for the recording of the LP that the song came from, in the studio. The band included guitarist, keyboard player and singer Al Kooper, who also produced the LP. Kooper played the keyboards for the first time for this recording, and started a new sound, and keyboard rif, which soon very popular and emulated by many bands, including The Band, who took over from this band soon after as Dylan’s preferred backing band. The crowd was not yet read for folk music to be played on electric instruments, and booed Dylan and the band, which you can hear at the beginning and end of this song. Like a rolling stone was very popular, and covered by many other groups and singers, including Jimi Hendrix’s version dedicated to Dylan’s Grand Mother at The Monterrey pop and arts festival. Here is this great performance on You Tube (thanks to Toma-Uno for the track)


25 thoughts on “Bob Dylan, with Al Kooper at The Newport Folk Festival 1965.

    • Thanks Catnip, I love all his music as well, and have his book of poems and songs put out by Penguin in the 1980’s, also have his great performances at The concert for Bangladesh, and on the bands, film The last Waltz. Such a central character in our Pop-culture. Best wishes, and good to be in touch again, Charles.

      • I love all kinds of things, so have many different collections, the problem is where to keep it all in a small flat, but am looking to buy a house. I was a librarian for many years, so got in the habit of making collections, and grew up with Bob Dylan and the other wonderful performers, poets and painters of his time. I still follow pop, rock and folk music, but a lot of it today is like a product, where as back then, it was like a way of life, hence the fact that I played in bands as a drummer in those days. Best wishes Charles.

      • No, I’m South African, and live in Cape Town. I used to visit Britain a lot, as my parents lived in St.Albans, and my publisher in Edinburgh (hence me taking part in the festival 3 times, doing readings-am 1 quarter Scottish). Unfortunately they are all dead now, and getting there is very expensive, so I may never go again.

      • Thank you for all the details. do you have a pet? Like a dog or a hamster, perhaps tossed out end of school year, ditched in alley lab rat maybe… a wife perhaps?

      • I am lucky enough to have a wonderful, and understanding wife named Genevieve, who is a non practicing lawyer. Our flat is to small to have any animals,though we did have a cat, but when he died of old age we did not get another pet, but might when we get a bigger house. Being winter we feed the birds, so have quiet a large singing bird population.

      • I am blessed from that point, what about you? Do you have a partner, and or some pets? I love your blog, but haven’t managed to get to it for a while but went over there now and liked a lot. Best wishes Charles.

      • Since you seem to be so knowledgeable about so many things, I was wondering what was your thoughts on the story about Mary, in relation to Jesus, traveling to Gaul after the crucifixion, and if you think she was married, if there were children, and if she is buried in France. And if there is a Bloodline that exist today to Hailie Salassie of Ethiopia. Im curious.

      • There seem to be many stories a bout Mary, perhaps going back to Medieval pursuit of of reliquaries (bits of the Cross, bits of this or that Saints bones, and that Mary passed through. There are lots of apparent linkups, but weather there are any truths in these stories is hard to tell, including the bloodline to Haili Salassie. I think every person should ponder these, and other stories, and decide if and how they will include them into their religious thought. In Europe there is, and always has been a cult of Mary, to the point of Christening boys with Maria in there name, eg. Raina Maria Rilka. A last thought, most legends and myths, have some founding in reality. Hope that was of some help, Best wishes and Blessings Charles.

      • I was looking at it from a historic view. Perhaps scientific, The claims of the tomb. In the year 710, the Monks of the monastery of St Maximin were they were forced to flee their Monastery because of the invading Saracens ( Moslem tribes from Arabia). They knew that they could not leave the holy remains of St Mary Magdalene for the invaders to destroy, so they devised a plan to move her remains into a more humble tomb next to the original as a disguise, and then buried the entire Chapel with earth and sand so that no part was visible. When the Arab occupation came to an end in the 10th century, they remembered the events surrounding the burial of the Chapel and the tombs, the exact location was not known. But
        in 1279, Prince Charles II of Salerno, nephew of King Louis IX of France, resolved to find the tomb of Mary Magdalene under the direction of a number of Church dignitaries and nobles. They began the search and workers excavated the church of Saint-Maximin and the land surrounding it. The search continued for many days, and the prince joined in with the laborers removing mountains of earth. At last, they came upon a crypt that dated back to the 1st century. The crypt was filled with earth and sand and they began removing this. On December 9, 1279, as Prince Charles was displacing the earth from the middle of the Crypt, the workmen digging on his right discovered a marble tomb buried deep in the sand. It was the sarcophagus-tomb of Sidonius, the one into which the holy remains of Mary Magdalene had been placed prior to the Monks fleeing in 710. I have always been fascinated by this story. I found it about 12 years ago. When i read about Josephus and Mary escaping to France because of Roman rule after Jesus death for protection

      • This is interesting, and I have not read it, but as Cultural Historian and Historian, is of great interest, so thanks for the comment. I have never really known how to look at all these claims, but they became of less interest to me, when I left the Christian Church, mainly, because I was uncomfortable with its aggressive outlook, and the horrid way that the different Churches look and talk about each other, so after much searching I have become a Baha’i. Thanks again, best wishes Charles.

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