The Magic Years

When Bob Dylan Shocked the Newport Folk Festival in 1965

On May 4, my new book will be published. It’s called The Magic Years: Scenes From a Rock and Roll Life, and it chronicles my fifty year history of producing music and movies with artists like Bob Dylan and The Band, George Harrison, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders. What follows is an excerpt from the prologue.

Strapped to a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, Bob Dylan launched into the opening chords of “Maggie’s Farm” almost before the band was ready. The Newport Folk Festival of…