Sunday, April 19, 2015
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Bob Dylan
Song:With God On Our Side
DVD:The Other Side Of The Mirror: Bob Dylan Live At The Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965
Bob Dylan's appearances at the Newport Folk Festival in the 60s were pivotal moments in his career especially when he went electric in 1965. Fortunately, this documentary chronicles this period and it's available on DVD. Bob Dylan arrived in New York in 1960. Not long after, he signed with Columbia Records and by 1963 he had become a very prolific songwriter. With God On Our Side is one of Dylan's more blistering protest songs. It's not a song he performs frequently. He first recorded it on the 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin'. But before that, he performed it with Joan Baez at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. Clearly Joan loved that song as she performed it regularly before Dylan recorded it. They performed it again in 1964 but the 1963 version was filmed and you can get it on this DVD. The performance was released on the various artists album Newport Broadside and that is available on CD. But the documentary The Other Side Of the Mirror is worth checking out on DVD. The film was directed in 2007 by Murray Lerner who also directed the 1967 documentary Festival about the Newport Folk Festival. He has directed several music docs. Using footage from that film, he documents Dylan's transformation from protest singer to rock musician. Of course it includes Dylan's 1965 performance with electric instruments and the resulting uproar. The film was broadcast on BBC 4 in 2007 and the DVD is recommended to Dylan fans. Here's Bob Dylan featuring Joan Baez performing With God On Our Side at the 1963 Newport Folk Festival. This video is not on Youtube.