Sunday, August 16, 2009

Just Because

Man. I'd really planned to leave this story of Bob Dylan gettin' hauled into a cop car by some rookie because he looked "suspicious" well enough alone. I really did. I tried.

Then comes this new wrinkle that he may have been on some rainy night mission to track down an old dwelling of Bruce Springsteen. OK, now I'm gonna have to bring this up.

I don't doubt it. I know for a fact that a few years back Dylan traced down Elvis' childhood home in the middle of the night... so this story rings true to me.

ABC News is apparently devoting quite a bit of time to this, interviewing the cop who picked up Dylan and tracking down all possible angles... I just think it's funny.

From ABC News, quoting the "arresting officer:"
"We got a call for a suspicious person,'' Buble said. "It was pouring rain outside, and I was right around the corner so I responded. By that time he was walking down the street. I asked him what he was doing in the neighborhood and he said he was looking at a house for sale."

"I asked him what his name was and he said, 'Bob Dylan,' Buble said. "Now, I've seen pictures of Bob Dylan from a long time ago and he didn't look like Bob Dylan to me at all. He was wearing black sweatpants tucked into black rain boots, and two raincoats with the hood pulled down over his head.

"So I said, 'OK Bob, what are you doing in Long Branch?' He said he was touring the country with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. So now I'm really a little fishy about his story. I did not know what to believe or where he was coming from, or even who he was.

"We see a lot of people on our beat, and I wasn't sure if he came from one of our hospitals or something," Buble said.

She asked for identification, but Dylan said he had none. She asked where he was staying and he said his tour buses were parked at some big hotel on the ocean. Buble said she assumed that to be the nearby Ocean Place Conference Resort.

"He was acting very suspicious,'' Buble said. "Not delusional, just suspicious. You know, it was pouring rain and everything."

Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen - Forever Young
Bruce Springsteen - The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan Cover)
Bruce Springsteen - Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan Cover)
Bruce Springsteen - I Want You (Bob Dylan Cover)
Neil Young & The Grateful Dead - Forever Young (Bob Dylan Cover)


C. Samuel said...

He was wearing sweatpants tooked into boots. Cute. I bet he gets a real kick out of answering the question "who are you?.

Anonymous said...

Bob Dylan also apparently visited the former homes of Neil Young in Winnipeg and John Lennon in Liverpool...

Which is also interesting, and sad if you think about it...Dylan gets let into a stranger's house in Canada and gets interrogated by police for looking at one in the rain in New Jersey.

Does this remind anyone else of that part of "Bowling for Columbine"?