Features Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin. A Musical Revolution.
When Bob Dylan Plugged in His Guitar and began to play rock n roll at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, he nearly caused a riot. In the eyes of most adults-and every folk fan, rock n roll was mindless music. Few people knew that Dylan's defiant gesture signaled a new kind of cultural revolution, symbolized by a creative new approach to poplular music.
Plugging In recounts how rock reinvented itself in the mid 60's. We see vintage footage of folk rock pioneers like the Byrds on state, and the Mamas and the Papas create a new sound with their anthem, "California Dreamin" Beach Boy Brian WIlson recalls the pressure he felt to comptete with the Beatles and gets together around a piano with fellow Beach Boys Carl Wilson and Al Jardine, to explain how the band made "Pet Sounds". The Who and Jimi Hendrix tear up the Monterey Pop Festival, after Hendrix had thrown down a gauntlet backstage. Pete Townshend tells the story. Eric Burdon of the Animals recalls his first meeting with Janis Joplin. "She put out her hand to shake mine and when I walked away, I discovered two tabs of acid had been placed in the palm of my hand."
Above all, for the first time in thirty years, we witness the furious passion of Bob Dylan's performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965: one of the most stored turning points in rock History.
1995 Time Life Video by Warner Bros.
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