I like my roots plugged in. Bob Dylan was more than welcome to rock out at Newport as far as I am concerned. Fairport Convention inspired a host of electric folk musicians. Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones dug deep in the Blues.
And the stuff coming out of Mali from musicians such as Vieux Farka Toure - son of the late, great Ali Farka Toure - and the electrified Touareg jams laid down by Tinariwen makes me want to talk a long, slow boat up the Niger and learn to race camels. Poetry in motion.