10 dic. 2009

And Bob Dylan "created" Rock & Roll

There are many opinions and theories about who was the creator of rock and roll. From Jackie Brenston to Big Joe Turner, through Little Richard, Chuck Berry or Ike Turner.

But there is no discussion about that the person who made rock & roll the most important musical genre of the twentieth century was none other than Bob Dylan.

And that hapenned a night in 1966, in Manchester, in an anecdote that The Rolling Stone Magazine considered one of the 50 most important moments in the history of music.

Bob Dylan appeared into the American music scene as the leader of a classic folk revival movement. His followers saw themselves as purists of traditional American music, and regarded as "junk music" that new style of music with electric instrumentation called rock & roll, that was having so much success among the youth, with Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry and some kids from Liverpool breaking the singles chart.

After four albums of classic folk Bob Dylan was exalted as the musician who would save the traditional style of the new push against rock & roll.

But in 1965, Dylan wanted to go a step further. His musical creativity was confined by the dogmatism of classical folk and Dylan saw that rock & roll offered an infinitely larger field of possibilities. That year, he released "Bringing It All Back Home" where the acoustic sound of folk was mixed with the electric sound of rock & roll in what is considered the birth of folk-rock.

His followers then, saw him as a traitor and began pursuing and booing Dylan as a musician who had sold to the new style, as was evident on July 25, 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival where Dylan and his band leaved the stage after a huge booing.

But the climax came in Manchester in 1966. Dylan had released the famous and immeasurable "Highway 61 Revisited" months earlier, a record that changed the history of music and rock & roll in particular, with "Like a Rolling Stone" as its most important song.

So the night of May 17, 1966 at the Manchester Free Trade Hall, John Cordwell who attended the concert, could not put up with what he considered a betrayal and rose from his seat and turning to Dylan shouted "Judas! !.

Just then, he was going to play "Like a Rolling Stone". Bob Dylan, stood calm, approached the microphone and said: "I do not believe you. You are a liar!". And turning to his band, said the phrase with which the rock & roll became, definitely, the most important musical genre of the twentieth century: "PLAY IT FUCKING LOUD!!!"