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  posted on 8/14/2009 at 05:55 PM
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Like a complete unknown: Bob Dylan frogmarched to collect ID after rookie policewoman fails to recognise scruffy music legend

By Annette Witheridge

14th August 2009

He has sold albums by the million and was the idol of the 1960s protest movement. But yesterday Bob Dylan discovered what it's like to be just a face in the crowd.

Police were called in a quiet seaside town after he was spotted freewheelin' down the street and apparently acting suspiciously. A 22-year-old female officer demanded to see his identification papers.

He assumed she would at least recognise the name if not the face. But she ordered him into the back of her car and took him to his hotel to check his story.

Then she radioed her older colleagues at the police station to ask if anyone knew who Bob Dylan was.

'I'm afraid we all fell about laughing,' said Craig Spencer, a senior officer in Long Branch, New Jersey. 'If it was me, I'd have been demanding his autograph, not his ID.

'The poor woman has taken rather a lot of abuse from us. I offered to bring in some of my Dylan albums. Unfortunately, she doesn't know what vinyl is either.'
It was in 1965 that Dylan wrote Like A Rolling Stone, with its line: 'How does it feel to be on your own, a complete unknown?'

He found out while staying at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. Before taking part in a concert with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, he decided to take a stroll through the town's Latin quarter.

'Residents called to complain there was an old scruffy man acting suspiciously,' said officer Spencer. 'It was an odd request because it was mid-afternoon. But it's an ethnic Latin area and the residents felt he didn't fit in.'

This is not the first time that Dylan has wandered off alone while on tour.

After a concert in Belfast in 1991, he shunned his chauffeur-driven limo and was captured by a TV crew waiting at a bus stop.

And in the middle of an American tour he popped unannounced into the childhood home of author Mark Twain.

When the stunned curator asked if he was really Bob Dylan, he said: 'I guess I am.'




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New Jersey Homeowner Calls Cops on Bob Dylan
Forty Years After Woodstock, Bob Dylan Is Mistaken for a Homeless Man

By CHRIS FRANCESCANI
Aug. 14, 2009


Talk about "a complete unknown." Bob Dylan was detained by police in Long Branch, N.J. last month, when a young officer failed to recognize him, police said. The officer proceeded to go to earnest lengths to ensure the hooded, disheveled, rain-soaked music legend was, in fact, who he said he was.

Dylan, 68, one of the most celebrated, eccentric artists in American history, was in the area on July 23 as part of a national concert tour -- a fact lost on 24-year-old Long Branch police officer Kristie Buble.

To hear the young New Jersey police officer describe it, the scene was like something out of one of Dylan's epic song-poems: It was pouring rain, Dylan was soaked and wandering alone, far from the traveling home of his entourage of tour buses.

When Dylan wandered into the yard of a home that had a "For Sale" sign on it, the home's occupants became spooked by his appearance and called police with a report of an "eccentric-looking old man" in their yard, Long Branch Police said. One of the occupants even went so far as to follow Dylan as he continued on down the street.

A publicist for Dylan who was on his way to a Dylan concert in Fresno, Calif., told ABCNews.com he had not heard the story, but would look into the incident.

But Buble said the man told her he was Bob Dylan.

"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."

'That's Not Bob Dylan'

Following her police training, Buble said she indulged him.

"OK Bob, why don't you get in the car and we'll drive to the hotel and go verify this?' " she said she told him. "I put him in the back of the car. To be honest with you, I didn't really believe this was Bob Dylan. It never crossed my mind that this could really be him."

Buble made small talk on the ride to the hotel, asking her detainee where he was playing, she said, but never really believing a word he said.

"He was really nice, though, and he said he understood why I had to verify his identity and why I couldn't let him go," Buble said. "He asked me if I could drive him back to the neighborhood when I verified who he was, which made me even more suspicious.

"I pulled into the parking lot," she said, "and sure enough there were these enormous tour buses, and I thought, 'Whoa.'"

Her sergeant met her at the hotel parking lot.

"I got out of my car and said, "Sarg, this guy says he's Bob Dylan,'" Buble said. "He opened the car door, looked in, and said, 'That's not Bob Dylan.'"

"So we go over to the tour bus and knock on the door and some guy answers and I say, 'Are you missing someone?'"

"Who's asking?'' came the reply, according to Buble.

"I was in full uniform, so I say, 'I'm asking! I'm the police.'"

Eventually, the police were shown Dylan's passport, which Buble said she looked at, saw the legend's name, and rather sheepishly handed it back to Dylan's manager.

"OK,'' she recalled saying as she smiled. "Um, have a nice day."

A police department source said Buble had taken her share of good-natured ribbing from some of the older officers.

"To really appreciate the story from our end, you have to see Kristie," one cop said. "She looks like a 16-year-old kid, next to this living legend. It was unbelievable."

In fairness to Buble, Dylan has a long history of intentionally seeking anonymity, often with hooded sweatshirts and other limited disguises.

In October, 2001, he was held up at a checkpoint at Jackson County Exposition Center in Oregon as he attempted to get into the backstage area of his own concert, according to the Associated Press.




 

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  posted on 8/14/2009 at 06:36 PM
Not surprising. I had to escort him to his dressing room before a show a few years back and he had a really beat up leather jacket and sweatshirt hood pulled over his head when he got off the bus. You had to get a really good face to face look to confirm it was him. But after an hour in the dressing room, out he came looking just like you picture him.
 

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  posted on 8/14/2009 at 08:17 PM
Right up the road from me...Still not sure why they were in Long Branch..no concert venues around here.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2009 at 08:34 PM
That is hilarious. If Bob Dylan can't pen a song out of this encounter, then he's really not Bob Dylan. Hell, if Bob simply sang the article it could be one of his songs. I bet he got a big kick out of the experience too, that enigmatic troublemaker!
 

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  posted on 8/14/2009 at 08:37 PM
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  posted on 8/14/2009 at 09:44 PM
What planet do thiese cops live on? No idea who Bob Dylan is. WTF
 

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  posted on 8/14/2009 at 10:49 PM
Maybe Bob will get a beer summit at the White House.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2009 at 11:34 PM
I remember hearing a story of Johnny and June Cash hanging out at a bus stop with the locals in L.A., shooting the Sh!t!, how cool was that!. im sure there was no identity issues there.
 

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  posted on 8/15/2009 at 08:00 AM
Somebody seen him hanging around
At the old dance hall on the outskirts of town,
He looked into her eyes when she stopped to ask
If he wanted to dance, he had a face like a mask.
Somebody said from the Bible he'd quote
There was dust on the man
In the long black coat.

 

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  posted on 8/15/2009 at 08:41 AM
Maybe the cop got confused when the drivers license read Robert Zimmerman.
 

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  posted on 8/15/2009 at 09:26 AM
Let's give that cop credit.

Dress = desheveled
Speech = Rambling, flight of ideas, sometimes inaudible
Actions = Wandering Lost in the rain
Kicker = Thinks he's someone famous.

A few days ago on the Rolling Stone threat I pointed out his genius; why he's Bob and mortals are not. This is the flip side of the coin - at least while he's looking more like Phil Spector he isn't acting more like him

 

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  posted on 8/15/2009 at 02:05 PM
Bob was to do a show with Willie & John at a minor league ballpark in Lakewood
 
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  posted on 8/15/2009 at 02:16 PM
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If only I could have only been so lucky...

 

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  posted on 8/15/2009 at 05:46 PM
" Hey Sarg, this guy with the waffle in one hand and fried chicken in the other says he's Snoppy The Dog. I need some confirmation, cause he doesn't even know a Woodstock."

 

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  posted on 8/15/2009 at 06:10 PM
Bob, to the policewoman:

People see me all the time and they just can't remember how to act
Their minds are filled with big ideas, images and distorted facts.
Even you, yesterday you had to ask me where it was at,
I couldn't believe after all these years, you didn't know me better than that
Sweet lady.

Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth,
Blowing down the backroads headin' south.
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
You're an idiot, babe.
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe.


 

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  posted on 8/15/2009 at 06:25 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohyQblkQ8fc

just need to change the words around a bit

 

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If only I could have only been so lucky...


I believe they would do that, and did do it. I watched Johnny film some out door scenes for a movie here in Cincy back in the 1980's and he was as down to earth and cool as can be.

 

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  posted on 8/16/2009 at 11:05 AM
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Maybe Bob will get a beer summit at the White House.


Well the interesting thing is how Bob cooperated and even told the embarassed officer that he appreciates that she was just doing her job. So no arrests no nothing. An interesting contrast.

 

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  posted on 8/16/2009 at 11:27 AM
Bob Dylan has been profiled .


 

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'Residents called to complain there was an old scruffy man acting suspiciously,' said officer Spencer. 'It was an odd request because it was mid-afternoon. But it's an ethnic Latin area and the residents felt he didn't fit in.'



This has got to stop. I dream of a time when a white man can walk through an ethnic neighborhood without people calling the cops. It's like we've got targets on our backs...

 

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'Residents called to complain there was an old scruffy man acting suspiciously,' said officer Spencer. 'It was an odd request because it was mid-afternoon. But it's an ethnic Latin area and the residents felt he didn't fit in.'



This has got to stop. I dream of a time when a white man can walk through an ethnic neighborhood without people calling the cops. It's like we've got targets on our backs...


I heard he was wearing a t-shirt from one of the local landscaping contractors.

 

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  posted on 8/17/2009 at 11:55 AM
Love this Bob story!
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"He was really nice, though, and he said he understood why I had to verify his identity and why I couldn't let him go," Buble said. "He asked me if I could drive him back to the neighborhood when I verified who he was, which made me even more suspicious.
Especially this part. Wonder if he got that ride back to the neighborhood?

 

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  posted on 8/17/2009 at 12:44 PM
Ha ha!

When I read the header I assumed this was some incident from 60's that was being brought up for conversation.

Wrong wrong wrong!


Some things just will never change, I guess.

 

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  posted on 8/17/2009 at 01:34 PM
Will old Zimmy get an invite for a beer at the white house for this ?


This is classic Dylan. He's such a far out eccentric. If you've been following him in recent years, there's all sorts of stories of him showing up at random places around the country. He figured out where Neil Young grew up and just walked up to the house and asked the current residents if he could check it out. The lyrics on the last few albums also sound like they could of been inspired from checking out what's going on off the beaten path neighborhoods . Gotta love Bob. Notice how he was polite and did as the officer requested ? Some how the cop got the bad rap in the whole thing that went on at Havard.....

 

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  posted on 8/17/2009 at 02:35 PM
Lord help us if this police shows up at the JFD.
Scruffy old men acting suspiciously?
Indeed.

 
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