The Newport Effect DVD Released

THE NEWPORT EFFECT chronicles the history of the renowned Newport Folk Festival© and its profound impact on the world of folk music.

Started in 1959, and infamous as the place where Bob Dylan "went electric," the event laid the foundation for contemporary music festivals and has had a far-reaching and lasting "effect" that is still going strong.

The film features interviews, performances and explores the rich legacy of the festival, from social activism to launching the careers of new artists to showcasing a wide range of music genres. 

Narrated by: Joan Armatrading
Segment Narrators: Rosanne Cash, Michael Doucet, Steve Earle, Angelique Kidjo, Pokey LaFarge, Tom Morello, Mavis Staples & Lucinda Williams

Purchase Information:

DVD: $25.00 | S & H: $5.00

NC residents pay 7.5% sales tax.


Digital Download available on Vimeo:


Project Highlights

  • Narrated by Joan Armatrading
  • Segment Narrations by Roseanne Cash (Traditional), Michael Doucet (Cajun), Steve Earle (Taking Risks), Angelique Kidjo (World), Pokey LaFarge (New Artists), Tom Morello (Social Activism), Mavis Staples (Gospel) & Lucinda Williams (Blues).
  • Archival photographs from folk photographer David Gahr
  • Archival materials from the LIbrary of Congress, the Ralph RInzler Archives & Alan Lomax Center for Cultural Equity.
  • Original Narrator portraits by Nashville folk artist Sheila b.

  • Featuring interviews with Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Arlo Guthrie, Peter Yarrow, Judy Collins, the Indigo Girls, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Theo Bikel, Dom Flemons, Geoff Muldaur, George & Joyce Wein, Jean Ritchie and more.
  • Film footage from Bob Dylan's performance in 1964
  • Performance footage from the 1960's and from 2001–2011