Dylan played 40 years ago to benefit man he felt was wrongly convicted

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performed at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Minn., Tuesday July 9, 2013, during a stop on the Americanarama Festival of Music.
Clint Austin | AP via Duluth News Tribune

Today's Morning Edition music is from 40 years ago Tuesday, when Bob Dylan brought his star-studded Rolling Thunder Revue to Madison Square Garden in New York for a special benefit concert on behalf of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Carter was a boxer who Dylan and many others felt was wrongly convicted of a 1966 triple homicide.

Soon after the concert, Carter was granted a second trial but convicted again.

In 1985 a federal judge set aside the conviction, writing that it was "predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason."

Carter was freed after nearly 20 years in prison. He died last year.

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