Marc Silber (marc-silber) Thu 25 May 00 14:11
Thanks to Vasuda for your response...I appreciate your view a bit more now with the explanation... And, even though John Lennon was joking he was far more popular than Jesus ever was or could have been...great sort of humor and thanks for pointing it out. And thanks for noticing my "typo"...I wrote one other long entry to this site, clicked on spellcheck and voila! the entire entry was gone never to be found again. So I make typos... good luck, Big Boy Once, the Musical Dunce.
Earl Crabb (esoft) Thu 25 May 00 16:19
hey, I've been in many a bog! I even have a part interest in at least three bogs not all that far from Hibbing! I was probably in classes with him at the UofMinn in the fall of '60, but never met him. He does appear in the student directory, though, which I have somewhere in my attic. I first ran into him at Indian Neck in May, '61. At the same festival was Bob Neuwirth, (later one of Dylan's "bodyguards", along with Geno Foreman, according to the news reports of the time). We didn't talk much then, but I did make some tapes of some Guthrie songs Dylan was doing. Gary Davis was also at that festival. In October of '61, I was in college in northwestern Massachusetts. The Rev. Gary Davis was going to do a concert at nearby Bennington, and one of the Bennington women enlisted a friend of hers to "open" for the Rev., and that turned out to be by this guy Dylan, who we'd seen at Indian Neck. Bill, my roommate, drove Dylan and Gary Davis from NYC to Williamstown, where we met for dinner at more friends, Borden and Shelley's place. The dinner took far longer than planned. The Rev. seemed to be far more interested in the wine and the hostess than in getting to the concert on time. After dinner, I drove Dylan and the Rev. in Bill's Simca, up to Bennington, 17.4 miles by the shortcut, arriving at about 9:45pm for the 8pm concert. It was clear that the concert-goers were there for Davis, not Dylan. Dylan looked the same as he had looked at Indian Neck, with the hat and harmonica, but actually sounded better, I thought at the time. But the audience was not impressed, they wanted Davis. There were even some boo's, which was very unlike Bennington at the time. The next story was told to me the day after the concert by Dave Marash (the guy now reporting from exotic and dangerous places on Nightline), and I can't vouch firsthand for its authenticity: Davis was getting $75 and Dylan $50 for that concert. Afterwards, when they were getting paid, Dylan said that Davis should never have to work for less than $100, and have Davis half of his money. That was unlike anything I had heard about Dylan before or since, so I don't know if it's true or not. Marash didn't remember it, when I asked him about it in '80 or so. Anyway, Dylan never did talk much. He also didn't want to take his hat off. He did ask me, "Hey, man, what state are we in?" while on the road, which I though was pretty funny at the time.
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Thu 25 May 00 16:35
good story, Earl.
Earl Crabb (esoft) Thu 25 May 00 16:37
Ran into him again backstage at Newport in '63. He had this bullwhip, and didn't want to talk much, too busy cracking the whip. Then at Shelton's, later in '63, as I mentioned earlier. Last time I saw him was at a place in Sheridan Square, was that the Limelight, maybe? I'd wandered in to see if anyone I knew was there, and found Rik Lloyd and John Cooke talking with Dylan. I knew Rik and John well enough to join them, and stayed awhile, but don't remember the conversation. Dylan came out to Minneapolis in '65 or so for a wake for Avars (sp?) an excellent classical guitarist killed in a California motorcycle accident. He was the boyfriend of Bonnie Beecher (aka The Girl From the North Country). The wake took over the building I was living in, and Bonnie was there. Dylan never came by, though, presumably because his old roommates were there, and some other people who said he owed them money! Bob Neuwirth and Dylan stayed over at McCosh's firehouse/bookstore. I didn't know at the time that Neuwirth was there, or I'd have gone over to say hello! That's pretty much it for the times I've seen (or almost seen) him. I did hear stories from some of the Minneapolis people, though, of his times in Mpls. between Hibbing and New York.
Linda Castellani (castle) Thu 25 May 00 20:23
Thanks for those stories, Earl! >bog Sheesh! Talk about typos!! Glad you understand what I meant in spite of that.
Shekhar Ghosh (ersatzids) Mon 7 Jun 04 00:20
What an amazing bunch of stories for a Dylan fan... Thanks everybody
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