Bob Dylan Onstage, Forest Hills, Queens, NY, 1965
© Ken Regan

Bob Dylan Onstage, Forest Hills, Queens, NY, 1965

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By Ken Regan
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1965 was an extremely significant year in Bob Dylan’s career.  He released Bringing it All Back Home in late March, including the first and highly influential single, Subterranean Homesick Blues. He then went to headline the Newport Folk Festival, at which he had performed the previous 2 years, but had to leave the stage amidst a combination of booing and cheering, after only 3 songs of his new electric set, sparking controversy over whether it had any place in the Folk Music genre. Then, he released the single Like a Rolling Stone which, to this day is at the top of all “Greatest Songs of All Time” lists. Soon after, On August 28, 1965, 2 days before the release of Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan played his first full electric set to a live audience at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, NY.  The crowd heckled and complained, but clearly the impact was strong and in the subsequent US tour, closing out this incredible year, the crowds grew to appreciate the new sound.

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Bob Dylan Onstage, Forest Hills, Queens, NY, 1965
Bob Dylan Onstage, Forest Hills, Queens, NY, 1965