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    Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash 1963 & '64 Newport Folk Festival Ticket Brochures (3). Three original advertising and ticket-selling brochures for the famed Newport Folk Festivals of 1963 and '64. This lot consists of two of the purple '63 brochures and one of the orange '64 pamphlet.

    The brochures are completely absent of hype, biographies and pictures; they were made to give complete information and schedules for the long weekend events. Concerts, workshops and panels are all listed under their specific days and times, and an order form is found on both which could be filled out and mailed in to obtain tickets.

    There is no area for an address and postage stamp to be applied on these brochures, so they were mailed out in standard #10 envelopes and given away on countertops in every important record store and musical-instrument retailer in New England, not to mention folk clubs.

    Although full of key musicians, the man of the hour is undoubtedly Bob Dylan. Talk about timing: when fans arrived at the fest on Friday, July 26, 1963, Peter Paul & Mary's cover of "Blowin' in the Wind" had just entered Billboard magazine's national Top 10 that week. With his Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album out for just eight weeks, Dylan arrived at Newport '63 an underground sensation and left a star.

    In 1964, already practically a legend, Dylan was slated for just the 8:00 PM Sunday closing concert. Rather than trotting out his folk standards that the audience wanted to hear, Dylan delivered an impassioned, brilliant performance of recent and new material: "All I Really Want to Do," "To Ramona," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Chimes of Freedom" and with Joan Baez, "With God on Our Side." Some consider it the best acoustic performance of his career.

    Besides Dylan and Baez, other performers appearing across the two years include Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Peter Paul & Mary, John Lee Hooker, Pete Seeger, the Staple Singers, Bill Monroe, Judy Collins and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among many other folk and Americana legends.

    The 1963 brochures measure 3 ½" x 8 ½" closed and 14" x 8 ½" opened up, and contain eight vertical panels. Both are in Near Mint condition.

    The 1964 brochure measures 3 5/8" x 8 ½" closed and 11" x 8 ½" opened up, and contains six vertical panels. It grades to Very Good condition with a toning strip down the right-hand edge on the cover, more toning browning on the other side of that ("Thursday – July 23, 1964" page), and general surface creasing from handling. In addition to the three natural vertical folds, the brochure was once folded horizontally about 60% of the way down, leaving a harmless crease through the two "F's" in the Newport logo on the cover, and all subsequent pages. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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