Bob Dylan may be one of the most famous people in the world. He may even be one of the most recognizable. With countless videos and movies, album covers and pictures, Bob Dylan doesn’t have to sing just to get someone to recognize him. Or… he shouldn’t have to. But Bob Dylan was picked up by the police in Long Branch, New Jersey, and driven back to his hotel for a positive identification because nobody knew he was.
Huffington Post reported Friday that Bob Dylan, famous writer, songwriter, Grammy-winner, and multigenerational nasal song stylist, was picked up on July 23 by the Long Branch Police when they responded to a call about a suspicious person. It seems he was taking a peek through the window of a house that was for sale when a neighbor called the police. The Post and the media ran with the story that the legendary Bob Dylan, 68, had been picked up, unrecognized, by a couple of 20-something cops in New Jersey.
It seems that Bob Dylan enacted one of his most famous songs, “Like A Rolling Stone.”
He was on his own…
One of the responding officers, Officer Kristie Buble, 24, recognized the name, according to a Long Branch Police spokesperson, but did not believe that Bob Dylan was THE Bob Dylan. He was soaking wet — it was raining — and he was wearing a hood. So she asked for some identification. Bob Dylan had left his tour bus without any ID. He was asked to accompany Buble and her partner, 24-year-old Derrick Meyers, back to the nearby tour buses, where Bob Dylan proved that he was not a complete unknown.
He was just a rolling stone…
“Dylan was really cool about the whole incident,” the spokesperson said. When asked why he had been walking in the rain, the legendary singer told them, “I just felt like going for a walk.”
See… just like a rolling stone…with no direction home…
But ABC News reported that Bob Dylan may have been in the neighborhood looking for an old Bruce Springsteen house. It seems that just a few doors down from where Dylan talked with the officers, an old house Bruce Springsteen lived in and in which he wrote material for his breakout “Born To Run” album. Dylan has also visited old home places of Neil Young and John Lennon in the past nine months. And he visited both houses without notification.
And Huffington Post reported that the conversation between Bob Dylan and the two officers showed a complete unawareness of who Bob Dylan was.
It cannot be avoided — Tell me: how does it feel? To be on your own. A complete unknown.
“Like A Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan