My reading of the "judas" comment was that it wasn't that he was "going electric" - but that it signified he was leaving behind the whole folk/protest scene that made him a star becasue being a rock star looked a lot more fun. So bye bye Joan Baez, civil rights and all the anti-war stuff - hello getting stoned with the beatles. Now whilst the initial electric period was (IMHO) his very best stuff - it is very noticeable that he was now nowhere near any of the politics of the time. The fact that he essentially sat out the vietnam war is pretty glaring. He never even made a single public statement about his views on it - never mind writing a song. This from the man that wrote "masters of war". The political convulsions of that engulfed america from the mid sixties feature barely seem to feature in his work. As far as i know he didn't have anything to do with the civil rights movement after going electric either - which is actually quite shocking because probably his biggest break was performing to the crowds at the "i have a dream" march on washington in 1963. Yet when Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968, ( please correct me if wrong here) Dylan doesn't seem to have made any response. Why the fuck not? Did he now despise the folk scene so much that any association with it was totally beneath him? Did he just us the whole movement to piggy back his way to fame? "judas" isn't the half of it really. How comes he gets a free pass on this?