Bob Dylan The Other Side of the Mirror: Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965


After a confounding delay spanning decades, director Murray Lerner finally receives clearance to release some of the most significant footage of Bob Dylan performing his revolutionary songs in the early ’60s. From a tentative "North Country Blues” to a mesmerising "It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” Dylan grows into a charismatic figure before Lerner’s cameras. Of course, Dylan’s appearance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is here in its entirety and, after he plugs in with the core of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to rip through "Maggie’s Farm” and a just-released "Like a Rolling Stone,” the crowd goes electric. Cheers, applause, jeers and boos fill the air but Dylan is stoic in the face of it all. As Lerner says in a feature interview, the remarkable transition of Dylan is as personal as it was artistic. Between 1963 and 1965, he evolved from precocious folk upstart to bona fide rock god, and Lerner maps the change over three successive summers in Newport. First conceived of in 1975, The Other Side of the Mirror is truly illuminating. (Sony BMG)