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Watch Folk America online: Episode 3 Blowin' in the Wind

The final part of the series covers what you might have thought the whole thing would be about: the folk explosion of the 1960s. It's the very roots of that decade's counterculture, as freewheeling gatherings in New York and the emergence of Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and Joan Baez overlapped with Civil Rights protests and the aftermath of McCarthyism. The new movement also embraced the old blues singers who featured earlier in this series. But folk's traditional sound couldn't survive: soon, Dylan went electric and the Byrds pioneered folk rock. Queen of the anecdotes here is Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, who recalls how she first took LSD, first heard the Beatles and first met Mama Cass, all in one night.

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