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Murray Lerner, Oscar-winning filmmaker who captured Dylan going electric, dies at 90

Murray Lerner, Oscar-winning filmmaker who captured Dylan going electric, dies at 90

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner, who captured Bob Dylan defiantly going electric at the Newport Folk Festival and filmed Jimi Hendrix’s final concert performance, has died.

Lerner died Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 90.

The filmmaker preserved some of the critical turning points in pop culture and was so painstaking in his work that he spent nearly a quarter of a century completing a documentary on the 1970 Isle of Wight rock festival, a seminal event he believed marked the tipping point from the peace-and-love hippie fest that was Woodstock to a more corporate and cynical musical era.

But it was a different genre of music that earned...

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