Bob Dylan goes electric at the American Writers Museum! Rock out with us during opening weekend of our newest exhibit, Bob Dylan: Electric.
Bob Dylan: Electric spotlights Dylan’s writing – song, poetry, and prose – between his 1965 Newport Folk Festival performance and 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature and the impact his work has had on American writing and culture. The exhibit will include both the American bluesmen and folk singers that influenced Dylan, as well as the younger writers and musicians that cite Dylan as a significant influence today.
The exhibit's keystone piece is the electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, one of music's most iconic instruments. The performance, referred to as “The Newport Incident,” is his first ever live performance with a full, electric band and marked a dramatic shift in his writing and popularity.
Other items on display include Bob Dylan’s personal, inscribed copy of "Catcher in the Rye" and an original 1965 Newport Folk Festival program autographed by Dylan. Also included are original pages from the film script of the 1967 Bob Dylan documentary "Don't Look Back," Dylan’s collection of prose and poetry "Tarantula," and original, handwritten lyrics to some of Dylan's classic songs.
Bob Dylan: Electric is curated exclusively for the American Writers Museum by Alan Light, author, journalist, rock critic and music scholar of great renown. This exhibit marks the first opportunity the public will have to see many of the items up-close and in-person.