In 1959, two visionaries - folk legend Pete Seeger and jazz impresario George Wein - cre- ated a musical phenomenon known as The Newport Folk Festival. It is the "grandfather" of contemporary music festivals and the legendary festival where Bob Dylan "plugged in," though its legacy reaches far beyond that mythical moment.
The Newport Folk festival brought to its audi- ences roots music from around the world, res- urrected interest in the dying art of Cajun music and – on its New Folks stage - introduced the world to James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie and Joni Mitchell.

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