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

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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…

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