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Legends Remember 50 Years Of Newport Folk

George Wein co-founded the Newport Folk Festival half a century ago. On the eve of this year's Folk Festival 50, Wein celebrates the festival's golden anniversary along with a few music legends.

Legends Remember 50 Years Of Newport Folk

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An Interview With Newport Folk Producer Jay Sweet

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen recently spoke with festival producer Jay Sweet about what's in store for the Newport Folk Festival.

Hear An Interview With Newport Folk Festival Producer Jay Sweet

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50 Years Later

For a half-century, the Newport Folk Festival has existed at the center of a debate over what constitutes "real" folk music.

Newport Folk Festival: 50 Years Later

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Trey Anastasio: Newport Folk 2008

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At the Newport Folk Festival, former Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio took the "folk challenge" and went completely solo for one of the first times in his career.

Trey Anastasio: Newport Folk 2008

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Stephen And Damian Marley: Newport Folk 2008

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Sharing both the stage and their songs — including one by their father — brothers Stephen and Damian Marley tag-teamed a celebratory concert at the Newport Folk Festival.

Stephen And Damian Marley: Newport Folk 2008

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Willy Mason: Newport Folk 2008

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At 24, Mason already sounds like a withered man. Accompanied by a musical-saw player and members of his family on stage, he opened Sunday's Newport Folk Festival in a somber mood.

Willy Mason: Newport Folk 2008

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She & Him: Newport Folk 2008

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Technical difficulties didn't deter M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel from plugging on ahead, even if that meant plugging in an electric guitar instead of an acoustic guitar.

She & Him: Newport Folk 2008

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Steve Earle: Newport Folk 2008

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Right from the beginning, Steve Earle openly channeled the spirit of Woody Guthrie, noting that we need him now more than ever.

Steve Earle: Newport Folk 2008

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Jakob Dylan: Newport Folk 2008

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With a small backing band, Jakob Dylan came to the Newport Folk Festival armed with not only songs from his first solo album, Seeing Things, but also music from the entire Wallflowers catalog.

Jakob Dylan: Newport Folk 2008

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