And half the audience was booing, an angry hateful betrayed kind of booing.
What inspired Dylan to go electric in the first place? Some say Dylan was inspired (or challenged perhaps) by an exchange he had with John Lennon. Dylan slammed Lennon, essentially dismissing The Beatles lyrically– “you guys have nothing to say”, was the message. Lennon’s counter was to enlighten Dylan of the fact that– he had no sound, man. Whether or not it resulted in Dylan going electric, or The Beatles writing more introspective lyrics, who knows– but it’s a helluva story.
about audiences booing his new electric sound:
From Bob Dylan Revisited
Interview by Scott Cohen
In Rolling Stone December 1985
I looked around and there were a lot of others like Patrick, shaking angry fists jumping up and hollering. And there were a lot of others like me, cheering, getting a shine in their eyes shouting yes, yes, something new.
I ran towards the stage with the cheering half of the audience.
This electrification of “folk music” fit right in with the difference between my generation and the generation before, a difference that presented itself over and over again in my life. In 1965 everything was just beginning to erupt and explode and turn into what has become our current state of nonstop change.
The electrifying and changing of everything in life was just beginning to take hold in 1965 and I loved it, and Dylan’s electric music personified it.
Two weeks in a row I went to the Hollywood Bowl the end of summer 1965. The weekend before, on August 29th, I’d gone to see the Beatles in concert. There I did not scream like almost every other teenage girl there, in fact I was irritated that the screaming was so loud you could not hear the music.
Then next weekend I'm cheering while half the audience is booing at the Dylan concert.
Like I said, a pivotal time in my life.
Post by Kay Ebeling, producer, City of Angels Network