Anyone Heard of This Hobo Dude Bob Dylan?

August 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, is an American icon and perhaps the greatest songwriter of all time. His songs wash over a listener like the most exquisite poetry, so much so, that he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, “marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

And yet, as he was taking a stroll in a small New Jersey shore town recently, he was treated like a hobo, and stopped by the police for walking without an ID on his person and placed in the back of the police cruiser. The 24-year-old policewoman didn’t know who Bob Dylan was.

Bob Dylan was staying in the town of Long Branch, New Jersey, on July 29, while on a leg of his tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. They were scheduled to perform that evening in a nearby baseball stadium. Dylan decided to kill some time in the afternoon, by taking a walk in a Hispanic neighborhood to check out some of the older homes there.

A resident called the police to complain of an “old scruffy man acting suspiciously,” walking in the rain, and the police dispatched a fresh-faced policewoman to investigate the hobo sighting. The policewoman asked his name and didn’t recognize him. Another officer arrived on the scene to assist the young policewoman with the suspicious wandering hobo. The second officer, also did not recognize Bob Dylan.

Dylan was asked what he was doing there in the neighborhood and he answered, “I’m on tour.” When Dylan couldn’t produce an ID, they transported him back to his hotel, Ocean Place Resort and Spa, to confirm his identity.

The policewoman later radioed into headquarters, asking if anyone had heard of this dude Bob Dylan.

The lyrics to one of Dylan’s, most well known songs, and there are many, “Like a Rolling Stone”, seems appropriate here:

“How does it feel?
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?”

Watch Dylan perform “Like a Rolling Stone” in a 1966 performance:


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2 Responses to “Anyone Heard of This Hobo Dude Bob Dylan?”

  1. It Is It Is Sixties Rock And Roll Day Here. So Yes, A Complete Unknown… Like A Rolling Stone « Around The Sphere on August 15th, 2009 3:34 pm

    […] Chattah Box: Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, is an American icon and perhaps the greatest songwriter of all time. His songs wash over a listener like the most exquisite poetry, so much so, that he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, “marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” […]

  2. It Is Sixties Rock And Roll Day Here. So Yes, A Complete Unknown… Like A Rolling Stone « Around The Sphere on August 15th, 2009 4:27 pm

    […] Chattah Box: Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, is an American icon and perhaps the greatest songwriter of all time. His songs wash over a listener like the most exquisite poetry, so much so, that he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, “marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” […]

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