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  • On the 20th of July in 1965, Bob Dylan's single "Like A Rolling Stone" was released by Columbia Records.

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    • July 25, 1965: Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival

      Young Bob Dylan’s performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was always intended to be a straightforward, acoustic event: the 24-year-old singer/songwriter had enjoyed a tremendously positive reception when he performed at the 1963 and 1964 festival, and was already firmly established as a top protest folk artist of traditional instrumentation (acoustic guitar, sparse backing). His decision to perform with an electric band came spontaneously the evening before his set. Dylan chose two tracks from his fifth album, Bringing It All Back Home – "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Maggie’s Farm" – and the work-in-progress "Phantom Engineer" (which would eventually become "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" on sixth album Highway 61 Revisited).

      When Dylan took the stage with that unprecedented amped-in performance, he fatefully intertwined folk with rock & roll. But more immediately, he was harassed by the audience, who booed him loudly and called him a traitor to the folk genre. Legendary singer/songwriter Pete Seeger watched from the sidelines and was dismayed by Dylan’s electric ambitions; he complained to the audio technicians, "If I had an axe, I'd chop the microphone cable right now." (That line spiraled quickly into the apocryphal story that Seeger actually had an axe and attempted to swing it at the sound system.)

      After performing the three rehearsed songs, Dylan stormed off the stage. He was eventually urged back by other festival performers and brusquely delivered two songs on acoustic guitar: "Mr. Tambourine Man" and, not so subtly, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." The more traditional delivery satisfied the crowd, who cheered enthusiastically for the scowling Dylan. After that contentious performance, he refused to return to the Newport Folk Festival for 37 years.

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      • July 29, 1966 – Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near his Woodstock, N.Y., home

        Bob Dylan crashes his motorcycle in Woodstock, N.Y. The incident immediately passes into myth, with many wondering if Dylan was hurt at all or simply used the accident to disappear from public life. Middletown Hospital admits him with a concussion and broken neck vertebrae. Dylan continues to suffer from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month.

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        • MOST TOP 10 ALBUMS ON THE BILLBOARD 200

          Rolling Stones 36

          Frank Sinatra 32

          The Beatles 30
          Barbra Streisand 30 "Love Is The Answer"

          Elvis Presley 27

          Bob Dylan 18
          Madonna 18 "Celebration"

          Paul McCartney 17
          Elton John 17 "The Union"

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          • Top Catalog Albums
            August 27, 2011
            Week Ending August 14, 2011

            Wks On 2Wks LW TW Artist Name Album Title TW % CHG LW Total

            1 - - 132 DYLAN*BOB VOL. 3-GREATEST HITS 1574 15 1374 770022
            Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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            • Soundscan
              3 september 2011
              week ending 21 august 2011

              DYLAN*BOB VOL. 3-GREATEST HITS 1,378 -12 1,574 771,400
              Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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              • Dylan's back pages - August 28 -March on Washington (63), Meet the Beatles (64), Forest Hills (65)

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                • Top Catalog Albums
                  SOUNDSCAN Week Ending August 28, 2011

                  3 132 162 184 DYLAN*BOB VOL. 3-GREATEST HITS 1239 -10 1378 772639
                  Prisoner Of Rock'n'Roll

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                  • Top Catalog Albums - 17/09/2011

                    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                    185 BOB DYLAN GREATEST HITS VOL. 3 1,330 7 1,239 773,969

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                    • Blonde on Blonde

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                      • For release on Record Store Day (25/11/2011):

                        Bob Dylan, Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
                        (Columbia/Legacy, 2011; limited to 5,000 U.S.)

                        1. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?/Highway 61
                        2. Positively 4th Street/From a Buick Six
                        3. Like a Rolling Stone/Gates of Eden
                        4. Subterranean Homesick Blues/She Belongs to Me

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                        • It Was 50 Years Ago Today - Bob Dylan's First Concert

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                          • "Pure Dylan-An Intimate Look At Bob Dylan" leaves the German Albums Chart after having spent only 1 week on it.

                            It's his shortest charting album, along with "The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966 - The Royal Albert Hall Concert", "The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Revue" and "The Original Mono Recordings" (all 1 week).
                            Je n'ai qu'une philosophie: Être acceptée comme je suis. Malgré tout ce qu'on me dit, je reste le poing levé.

                            Say no to streaming!

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                            • Top Catalog Albums - 10/12/2011

                              No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                              124 BOB DYLAN GREATEST HITS VOL. 3 4,119 347 922 788,871

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                              • Billboard 2011 Year End Charts

                                Hot Singles Sales

                                Pos | Artist | Title
                                50 Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin'

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                                • Great Songwriters: Who Are They, And Why Haven't There Been Any For The Last 20 Years?

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                                  • Top Catalog Albums 04/02/2012: Week Ending January 22, 2012

                                    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                                    183 Bob Dylan Greatest Hits Vol. 3 1,430 17 1,219 803,005

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                                    • Top Seasonal Albums 03/03/2012: Week Ending February 19, 2012

                                      No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                                      53 BOB DYLAN Christmas In The Heart 26 189 9 196,374

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                                      • Catalog Physical Albums 03/03/2012: Week Ending February 19, 2012

                                        No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                                        179 BOB DYLAN Greatest Hits Vol. 3 1,629 27 1,279 805,360

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                                        • Catalog Physical Albums 10/03/2012: Week Ending February 26, 2012

                                          No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                                          162 BOB DYLAN Greatest Hits Vol. 3 1,451 -11 1,629 806,811

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                                          • Top Seasonal Albums 10/03/2012: Week Ending February 26, 2012

                                            No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                                            51 BOB DYLAN Christmas In The Heart 24 -8 26 196,398

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                                            • Top Catalog Albums 17/03/2012: Week Ending March 04, 2012

                                              No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW
                                              178 BOB DYLAN Greatest Hits Vol. 3 1,746 19 1,473

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                                              • Catalog Physical Albums 17/03/2012: Week Ending March 04, 2012

                                                No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                                                114 BOB DYLAN Greatest Hits Vol. 3 1,733 19 1,451 808,544

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                                                • Top Catalog Albums 24/03/2012: Week Ending March 11, 2012

                                                  No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                                                  177 BOB DYLAN Greatest Hits Vol. 3 1,681 -4 1,746 813,502

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                                                  • Catalog Physical Albums 24/03/2012: Week Ending March 11, 2012

                                                    No | Artist | Title | TW | % | LW | RTD
                                                    101 BOB DYLAN Greatest Hits Vol. 3 1,674 -3 1,733 810,218

                                                    Obviously 7 copies were downloads.

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