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View from the Bottom: Dylan’s Forest HIlls Concert

ON AUGUST 28, 1965, BOB DYLAN WAS IN CONCERT AT THE FOREST HILLS TENNIS STADIUM IN QUEENS, NEW YORK
[WATCH: ‘VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM’ & LISTEN TO BOB’S ELECTRIC ON 2 OF HIS SONGS PLAYED AT THE STADIUM BELOW, SETLIST INCLUDED., KEN REGAN PHOTO
VIEW FROM THE BOTTOM: Dylan’s Forest HIlls Concert


The fall tour started with a concert at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium backed by a band consisting of Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Harvey Brooks and Al Kooper. Sources refer to the reaction as a clash of “Mods and Rockers” storming the stage, throwing objects and trying to pull Kooper and Helm off their stools. Onstage, Dylan jokes to the band, “it looks like the attack of the Beatniks around here…”
Solo:
1. She Belongs To Me
2. To Ramona
3. Gates Of Eden
4. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
5. Desolation Row
6. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
7. Mr. Tambourine Man

B.D. with electric backing band: – MAGGIE’S FARM & LIKE A ROLLING STONE


8. Tombstone Blues
9. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
10. From A Buick 6
11. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
12. Maggie’s Farm
13. It Ain’t Me, Babe
14. Ballad Of A Thin Man
15. Like A Rolling Stone

PHOTO: AUGUST 28, 1965| CREDIT: KEN REGAN

1965

By ROBERT SHELTON

Facing a rude and immature audience, Bob Dylan gave a program Saturday night at the Forest Hills Music Festival in Queens in which he was a model of patient composure.

Some 15,000 persons packed the tennis stadium for a program by the widely imitated and highly controversial young singer–guitarist–songwriter. Most of the audience’s attitudes were concerned with Mr. Dylan’s excursions into “folk rock,” a fusion of rock ‘n’ roll with folk-based songwriting.

 

 

resource :https://www.nytimes.com/books/97/05/04/reviews/dylan-unruly.html

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  1. If Dylan had come to Holland in those days he would have been applauded. Down here we were introduced to him with the single on which The Times they are a Changin’ was coupled with Subterranean Homesick Blues and both sides were equally loved. Only some critics, the same who called The Beatles kid stuff that soon would pass by, complained about how Dylan turning electric was comercial, but here in The Netherlands we had a big distrust towards the media so we laughed it away, an inheritance of the days that the Nazi propaganda ruled us. My brother bought the lp The Times and I a few months later came with Bringing it all Back Home from the import and we listend to them in awe. What a laugh to lern now that those hecklers booed and then sang with Like a Rolling Stone… the stupidity never stops I am afraid when I open up the papers today.

  2. I was there…after witnessing the Newport ’65 concert, I sat in the nosebleed section at Forest Hills…looking down on the madness during the electric half, people rushing the stage, tussles breaking out between booers and people who wanted to hear…swirling wind making the primitive sound system even muddier…unforgettable.

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