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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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“How Does It Feel?”

“How Does It Feel?”

John Coltrane and Bob Dylan 1965

(p.199) { 14 } “How Does It Feel?”
Feast of Excess

George Cotkin

Oxford University Press

Both John Coltrane and Bob Dylan followed their own musical desires, sometimes alienating their fans. In this year, both of them broke out of their older modes. For Coltrane, always experimental, he took jazz into the realm of the transcendent, seeking spiritual liberation through his music, especially in the recording A Love Supreme. It was excessive in sound and length but brilliant in conception and feeling. Dylan, at the Newport Folk Festival, signaled his break with folk and his embrace of rock. The rock beat of “Like a Rolling Stone” shocked and delighted, while his recording of “Visions of Johanna” would brilliantly blend poetry and rock, in a recording of unusual length and emotion. All of this is discussed within the context of the Great Society and racial conflict in this year.

Keywords:   John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Newport Folk Festival, A Love Supreme, Like a Rolling Stone, Visions of Johanna, Great Society

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