Black and white footage of performances, interviews, and conversations at the Newport Folk Festival, from 1963 to 1966. The headliners are Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan, who's acoustic and electric. Son House and Mike Bloomfield talk about the blues; John Hurt, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee show its range. The Osborne Brothers perform bluegrass. Donovan, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Mimi and Dick Farina, and others less well known also perform. Several talk musical philosophy, and there's a running commentary about the nature and appeal of folk music. The crowd looks clean cut.
Newport is an oasis of beautiful music - and beautiful people ... who take the high road to "Festival!"
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Newport Boy 1
People start to idolize these artists, you know, and once that happens, you know, like Dylan, yesterday, you know. Everybody just comes over in masses, I don't know how many people were there, and they all just sit there and look at him. "It's Bob Dylan! It's really him!" They go rushing up. Yeah, everybody around here wants to be a bum, you know, and be famous for it, you know. I mean, he's not a bum, but, yeah, he has that image. Long hair and - I do like Dylan's music and you don't really ...