By the final date on his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan was exhausted. Nearly every night for the previous three months, he had faced an avalanche of boos from folk purists, who were enraged he’d gone electric. That night, he vented his frustrations to a sold-out crowd at London’s Royal Albert Hall. “I realize it’s loud music,” he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm and sleepless nights. “If you don’t like it, that’s fine. If you’ve got some improvements you can make on it, that’s great. But I’m not going to disagree or fight with you”
That show, and that speech, have never been released.
A great box set of live Dylan is coming out soon. Here’s some backstory.