July 25 - 1965 - Bob Dylan Plays an All-Electric Set at the Newport Folk Festival

Bob Dylan's decision to "plug in" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is one of the signature moments in the history of rock 'n' roll. That decision is the signature moment in Dylan's transformation from political folkie to rock icon, according to the traditional telling of the story. Yet underlying all of that was true hate for Bob Dylan moving away from traditional folk music by many folk music purists, which animated much of Dylan's career and the response to it for the next few years.

William Floyd