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Friday, August 14, 2009


Nice story about Bob in Long Branch, New Jersey in today's online Telegraph:
'Eccentric old man' Bob Dylan picked up by police
The police were so young they'd never even seen a picture of Vincent Price.


Anonymous McHenry Boatride said...

It's taken them a while, but obviously getting their own back for "In Jersey anything's legal, as long as you don't get caught".

11:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Michael, Here is a slightly more detailed account of the same incident. Pat Ford

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press Writer Wayne Parry, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 19 mins ago
Rock legend Bob Dylan was treated like a complete unknown by police in a New Jersey shore community when a resident called to report someone wandering around the neighborhood.

Dylan was in Long Branch, about a two-hour drive south of New York City, on July 23 as part of a tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp that was to play at a baseball stadium in nearby Lakewood.

A 24-year-old police officer apparently was unaware of who Dylan is and asked him for identification, Long Branch business administrator Howard Woolley said Friday.

"I don't think she was familiar with his entire body of work," Woolley said.

The incident began at 5 p.m. when a resident said a man was wandering around a low-income, predominantly minority neighborhood several blocks from the oceanfront looking at houses.

The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name. According to Woolley, the following exchange ensued:

"What is your name, sir?" the officer asked.

"Bob Dylan," Dylan said.

"OK, what are you doing here?" the officer asked.

"I'm on tour," the singer replied.

A second officer, also in his 20s, responded to assist the first officer. He, too, apparently was unfamiliar with Dylan, Woolley said.

The officers asked Dylan for identification. The singer of such classics as "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Blowin' in the Wind" said that he didn't have any ID with him, that he was just walking around looking at houses to pass some time before that night's show.

The officers asked Dylan, 68, to accompany them back to the Ocean Place Resort and Spa, where the performers were staying. Once there, tour staff vouched for Dylan.

The officers thanked him for his cooperation.

"He couldn't have been any nicer to them," Woolley added.

How did it feel? A Dylan publicist did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Friday.

5:44 am  
Blogger Jack said...

It seems he is essentially a loner, which is an anomaly, given his field of work.That's what may make such reports kind of strange & amusing.

In Sandra Maitri's book 'The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram', she was only able to identify two famous people whose personal orientation is/was at the isolated,'Point 5' of the Enneagram: -"...Bob Dylan and Georgia O'Keeffe...Dylan's sense of self-enclosure is evident as he refrains from making eye contact with his audience during concerts, and O'Keeffe's in the isolated life she led in the New Mexican desert"

1:43 pm  
Anonymous Yvonne said...

This link from ABC news has more details

It's such a good story. I enjoy the eccentric old Dylan.

2:41 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Yes, this is a well-detailed, very funny account of it all. And Bob sounds so much nicer here than he does on stage.

6:20 pm  

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