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“Festival” shown with “The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan At The Newport Folk Festival”

Two from documentarian Murray Lerner, best known today for his work in music films. First up is Festival, Lerner’s priceless document of the whole Newport festival scene from ’63-’65. Alongside clips of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Donovan are many performances by veteran blues musicians of the day like Howlin’ Wolf and Son House, who received at the festival their first exposure to white audiences outside of their respective home bases. Next is “The Other Side Of The Mirror,” a deeper examination of Dylan’s performances at the Newport Folk Festival from the same period covered by Festival. Early on, Dylan captured the imagination of the Newport crowds, but his infamous ’65 appearance in which he “went electric” earned him the wrath of some of the more vocal members of the crowd, and he left the stage after three songs. The Other Side presents footage from this incident, as well as great renditions of “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Blowin’ In The Wind” and “Like A Rolling Stone”.

Festival Dir. Murray Lerner, 1967, 35mm, 95 min.
The Other Side Of The Mirror Dir. Murray Lerner, 2007, 35mm, 83 min.


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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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