Black and white footage of performances, interviews, and conversations at the Newport Folk Festival, from 1963 to 1966. The headliners are Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan, who's acoustic and electric. Son House and Mike Bloomfield talk about the blues; John Hurt, Howlin' Wolf, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee show its range. The Osborne Brothers perform bluegrass. Donovan, Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Mimi and Dick Farina, and others less well known also perform. Several talk musical philosophy, and there's a running commentary about the nature and appeal of folk music. The crowd looks clean cut.
The folks at Newport would like to blow your mind.
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Did You Know?
Why have we done this? Because, we believe in the idea that the average man and woman can make his own music. In this machine age, it doesn't all have to come out of a loud speaker. You can make it yourself, whether you want shout or croon, sing sweet or rough. And it can be your own music. And when I say your own, music of your own kind, whether its your family or your town or your region, your race or your place, your religion or wherever it is.