The fourth and final in the series: This tune is so simple that it’s probably the most powerful of the four. It’s quintessential rock, and this ahead-of-its-time performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 turned a page in musicology. It also made him some enemies: Should Dylan go electric or stay folk? As it turned out, he could do any darned thing he wanted.
Notice the booh-ing from the crowd as Dylan leaves the stage, and the frazzled Peter Yarrow coming forward to smooth things over.
Previous simple tunes in the series:
#1: Suzanne by Leonard Cohen with Judy Collins
#2: Jersey Girl by Tom Waits
#3: No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley