Friday, August 14, 2009

Dylan No ID Man

Dylan No ID Man

You're Bob Dylan? New Jersey police want to see some ID.

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 31 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.

Bob Dylan caught out in the rain

Lauren Viera, Tribune Newspapers
August 17, 2009,0,268995.story

Would you be alarmed if you spotted a strange-looking man wearing black sweat pants and a couple of raincoats wandering in the rain in your front yard?

Would you believe him if he told you he was folk legend Bob Dylan?

Yeah, right.

Such was the quandary the 22-year-old rookie New Jerseypolice officer Kristie Buble faced July 23, after investigating a complaint from the owners of a home for sale in Long Branch, N.J. They'd called the police after spotting an "eccentric-looking old man" wandering around their front yard. It was pouring rain, and the man was alone, looking haggard and lost.

When Buble caught up with the man and asked him to identify himself, he told her he was Bob Dylan. He said he was looking at a house for sale. Furthermore, Buble is reported on as saying, "he didn't look like Bob Dylan to me at all. ... We see a lot of people on our beat, and I wasn't sure if he came from one of our hospitals or something."

After Dylan failed to present identification, Buble drove him to the hotel where he was staying. Turns out he wasn't some nut job from the local hospital, after all. Dylan was on tour withWillie Nelson and John Mellencamp.


It's not the first time the "Like a Rolling Stone" songwriter's identity has been questioned. According to the Associated Press, in October 2001, Dylan was detained in Oregon while attempting to enter the backstage of his own concert -- almost, some might say, like a complete unknown.

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