There’s a fine piece in the Guardian by Greil Marcus about Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”, the greatest of his many great songs (and there’s a Normblog poll to prove it), and the problems he ran into in the same year when Dylan Went Electric. And then he came to the UK:
But in the UK the sort of protests that had followed Dylan and the Hawks around the US were organised. The Communist party had long operated a network of Stalinist folk clubs where the songs to be sung, who could sing what, and in what manner, was strictly controlled. The idea was to preserve the image of the folk, whereas pop music symbolised the destruction of that community by capitalist mass society.
Is this true? It’s terribly funny if it is. Where can I learn more?