Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965,

New Dylan documentary. Let's take a look (Yahoo):
Using outtakes from his 1967 Newport documentary "Festival" (about 70% of the material has not been seen before), [Murray] Lerner constructs a narrative devoid of narration, talking-head anecdotes, analyses or interpretations. The only adornment is onscreen titles announcing the respective year of each section. Eschewing slice-and-dice manipulation and with deceptive simplicity, Lerner and his team of editors orchestrate the material with poetic precision.
Sounds good. And it sounds like the documentary also catches the beginning of the Advancement of Bob Dylan:
Building up to the 1965 festival, when Dylan and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band (sans Butterfield) introduced electric rock 'n' roll to the purist gathering, "The Other Side of the Mirror" illustrates the finer points of the culture clash. His hair now long, his face filled out, his work shirt traded in for a black leather jacket, Dylan faces a largely unchanged crowd.
It still amazes me that some people don't believe that Advancement is real.

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