Bringing Folk Back Home

An all-star tribute to Bob Dylan and a raft of albums invoke the genre's wild, enduring spirit

AND SPEAKING OF FOLK MUSIC . . . Well, we weren't, were we? Does anyone? Outside of Birkenstock dealerships, natural-food markets and the occasional bold bookseller who might risk putting a copy of Bound for Glory on the counter next to Vox, folk music -- both traditional and the highly modified and individualized form practiced in the '60s -- has tumbled from the pop culture jet stream and gone to earth somewhere in the deep woods of nostalgia.

Until now. Until last Friday night in New York City, when a dazzling group of contemporaries, from Neil Young to George Harrison, from...

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