OK, we know, he’s not a native Rhode Islander, but perhaps his greatest moment as a musician came in Newport in 1965. Singer-songwriter, “song and dance man” Bob Dylan was once described as the voice of his generation, but his influence extends far beyond the times he lived in.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941, Dylan learned guitar and harmonica when he was a teenager. Following his stint at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, he moved to New York City in January 1961 and quickly gained a reputation as a great songwriter, both for himself and for others.

Dylan’s music is characterized by his poetic lyrics and storytelling style. He often draws on traditional American folk and blues music, and his songs often tackle social and political issues. His early hits include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”

It was in 1965 that Dylan’s star would truly shine in Newport, Rhode Island. That year, he played at the Newport Folk Festival, and his performance is now legendary. Accompanied by an electric band, Dylan took the stage and played a set that