Beginning of Folk Rock & America’s response to folk rock
Folk-ies don’t want to be associated with Rock
o Performers of rock lacked authenticity and talent. They didn’t like the way it was
o Rock is about sex. Folk is about love, peace, political, old stories, NOT about sex.
Bob Dylan liked the idea of folk rock. Resented his ostracisation
Folk music takes lyrics seriously. Folk rock retained that aspect. Folk revival influence rock
landscape with having thoughtful lyrics.
Positively 4 Street – Bob Dylan
o What’s rock about it : organ riff (blues-based British rock), rebellious, angry,
o Electric guitar, organ, finger cymbals, drums, piano, bass?
o What’s folk about it: form [A A A A], melody is boring, he steps out of time a lot with the
vocals (draw attention to lyrics). Simple verse form.
o Lyrics are about: calling folks hypocrites, folk is supposed to be democratic, not elitist,
which is what folk have become.
Elitist folks rejected electric guitar, but others liked the mix of electric guitar and folk.