The Songs That Inspired and Defined the '60s Folk Movement

Here are some of the songs that inspired or defined the ‘60s folk revival:

“Judgement” by Rev. Sister Mary Nelson:

The Pentecostal Church preacher roars at the devil in this unaccompanied vocal trio performance from the Smith anthology.

The Other Side of the Mirror

Documenting Bob Dylan's historic Newport Folk Festival performances from 1963-65, "The Other Side Of The Mirror" traces the singer's metamorphosis from a folk prodigy to a confrontational rock poet who inspired an entire nation. A Coda Cornerstone Collection.

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Greg Kot is the editorial director of The Coda Collection. He is also the cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio show and podcast “Sound Opinions” with Jim DeRogatis, and previously the music critic at the Chicago Tribune for 30 years. His books include acclaimed biographies of Mavis Staples (“I’ll Take You There”) and Wilco (“Learning How to Die”) and a history of the digital music revolution (“Ripped”). He also coauthored “The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Rivalry” and has written extensively for Rolling Stone, BBC Culture and Encyclopedia Britannica. When he takes off the headphones, Kot coaches in his Chicago-based youth travel basketball program ( In addition, he has coauthored two best-selling editions of the book “Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.”

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