Video Du Jour: Bob Dylan/Farm Aid

This weekend’s Farm Aid 2012 in Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium will be the 25th event staged to help America’s farmers (actually in 1989 they took Farm Aid on the road).

Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Dave Matthews and many more will play on Saturday, Sept. 22, 27 years to the day of the very first Farm Aid concert.

Farm Aid was inspired, of course, by Bob Dylan’s offhand comment at Live Aid in 1985 that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers in danger of losing their farms through mortgage debt. Nelson and Mellencamp took up the mantle and went to bat for U.S. farmers.

So, to celebrate Farm Aid, here’s Bob Dylan along with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Willie Nelson, doing “Maggie’s Farm” at the 1985 event in Champaign, Illinois.

Farm Aid official web site

3 Responses to “Video Du Jour: Bob Dylan/Farm Aid”

  1. Hello!
    I know there have been many Farm Aid concerts, but has Johnny Cash performed at any in the past? Have a great day!
    Cheers,
    Otto

  2. Yes, Cash performed in 1985 at the first one, and in 1993. In 1992 he appeared as part of the Highwaymen.

  3. I spent the day on stage at that first Farm Aid in 85 photographing for UPI. When this paring of Dylan and Petty came on I had just stepped off in favor of a stringer who’d been waiting all day to shoot while I had him running my film back to the darkroom for transmitting. I thought I’d give him a chance to shoot for a few minutes and run my own film back. Sadly I missed this and Joni Mitchell. Still regret it.

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