Filmmaker who shot Dylan going electric dies
NEW YORK — The Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker who captured Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and preserved legendary musical acts like Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Leonard Cohen and The Doors forever on film has died. Murray Lerner was 90. Lerner’s son, Noah, said he died Saturday in his home in Long Island City.
Lerner earned an Oscar nomination in 1967 for “Festival,” his examination of the Newport Folk Festival, filmed over three years. He won the best documentary feature statuette in 1981 for “From Mao to Mozart,” which followed violinist Isaac Stern in China.
In 2009, Lerner received a Grammy nomination for the documentary, “Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who.” Lerner also made documentaries about the Moody Blues, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Jethro Tull, among others.