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You're Bob Dylan? NJ police want to see some ID

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It doesn't mean they didn't know who he was. He could've been a lookalike.

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So what's the real issue here? Cops did their job. Not everyone their generation gotta bow to an overrated dope head dinosaur like him. Sounds like both sides did alright by the other to me. No real news here.

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How does it feel? To be on you own. With no direction home. Like a complete unknown. Like a Rolling Stone.

-Bob Dylan has been there at least 2x (now).

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Class Act! Try that with Elton John, and see the tantrums and law suits that follow... though he might be a fraction more recognisable.

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People in the States don't know who Dylan is? What's the educational system coming to? I'm sure they'd recognise Paris Hilton.

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Not everyone their generation gotta bow to an overrated dope head dinosaur like him.

Gee Bushlover who said anything about bowing to Dylan? He is someone who has been world famous for the last 5 decades. It is mildly amusing that 2 cops in his own country had no idea who he was. Mildly amusing is all ... no need for the salty talk over a trivial matter.

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"Any day now, any day now, I shall be released."

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Being New Jersey I wonder if Bruce Springsteen would have been as nice.

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Was chatting up an aerobics instructor a while back and mentioned bob dylan to her. Blank state. Van Morrison. Blank stare. I was amazed.

Dylan is a god in the pantheon of rock music. Ask any musician you know about Dylan, they will explain to those of you that are totally clueless. Its like not knowing who the Beatles are.

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Who cares? It seems like the exchange was pleasant enough. And why chide the officers for not knowing who Dylan is? Sure, it seems odd... but my guess is that it seems odd to people who are closer to their 30s (and older), older than these boys were. I know a number of young kids who have never heard of Marley, and even a couple who don't know the Beatles or Elvis. Again, seems odd, but perhaps these officers have no interest in expanding their musical horizons beyond what they already listen to. I have no doubt that NOW they will be interested in Dylan, and maybe get some free tickets!

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Dylan is an icon, but you don't really ever hear his music. You can turn on the radio in the US on any day and hear the Beatles or The Rolling Stones but you never really hear Bob Dylan. I'm not sure why that is but this article made me think about it. They have classic rock stations that will play Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, etc, but you just never hear Dylan on the radio that much at all. If there was one rock icon that younger people wouldn't be aware of, Dylan might be close to the top of the list.

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[Dylan is a god in the pantheon of rock music. Ask any musician you know about Dylan, they will explain to those of you that are totally clueless. Its like not knowing who the Beatles are.]

Dylan wrote some good songs. But as far as his personal musical talent i'd debate that no matter how much a legend he is supposed to be. He sings like crap. Good songs though and I can see why the hippie generation loves him but don't expect us all to love him. And there is no reason why younger generations not knowing him is bad. It's just a time warp thing. I didn't know a lot of acts my older friends mentioned but were famous. So who cares.

[Gee Bushlover who said anything about bowing to Dylan? He is someone who has been world famous for the last 5 decades.] It's just that the article tries to make it out as if he should have been recognized by everyone and anyone of various nationalities and age groups because he is so well known. Well now we know he's not so his legend is just that. A legend but only for those hippies that lived through it. Maybe it's the writer that is trying to project this as something important because they are a hippie wanna be.

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O.K. True story.

I had a good friend in college who was a HUGE Bob Dylan fan. He had a ridiculously large poster in his dorm room.

One night as he and I partook in nature's goodness, his roommate came back to the dorm room with a girl.

She asked who the guy in the poster was and my friend explained that it was Bob Dylan. She replied, "Isn't he the guy that killed all those people and made furniture out of their bones?"

After giving my friend a ration of sh*t about the morality of owning a poster of a human bone furniture maker, I lamented the American educational system.

On topically, cute story. Bob Dylan, while totally innocent of any wrong doing, showed the class that comes from being a true Minnesotan and the police in this incident, also showed restraint and common sense.

All in all, this story restores the faith!

Taka

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bushlover,

We rarely agree, but on the topic of Bob Dylan's pipes, I'm with you.

That said, I sincerely believe that in a few more decades, Bob Dylan will be looked at more as a poet than a singer and then he will receive the credit he deserves. In my opinion, he is the world's best living poet.

Taka

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when a resident called to report someone wandering around the neighborhood.

So the Land of the Free is now a Stasi state.

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Too bad Bill Clinton is not the President now. In this case, he could have invited Bob Dylan and the arresting officer over to the White House and he could have belted out a few tunes on the sax with Dylan. They could have called it the "Sax Summit."

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Bushlover, Taka and I all agreeing? Hell hath frozen over. Verily doth the pigs fly.

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Was chatting up an aerobics instructor a while back and mentioned bob dylan to her. Blank state. Van Morrison. Blank stare. I was amazed.

Because aerobics instructors are usually Mensa candidates? My turn to be amazed.

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"I Want You" by Dylan is as good as it gets musically. Both from a singing and a writing point of view.

**The guilty undertaker sighs, The lonesome organ grinder cries, The silver saxophones say I should refuse you. The cracked bells and washed-out horns Blow into my face with scorn, But it's not that way, I wasn't born to lose you.

I want you,**

Crazy but brilliant. This story just confirms that Dylan is COOL. (I think)

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Jebus that is crazy. You can't walk around a neighbourhood at 5 pm anymore? Stupid cops should just leave him (an anyone walking around neighbourhoods looking at houses at 5pm) alone.

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MeanRingo,

There's something to be said for your argument as well.

Taka

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Nessie,

I did not say water aerobics instructor. Clearly you are not aware of the vast differences between those in the profession. Get off the sofa and into the club.

As I mentioned Dylan was an influential on rock music as the Beatles. Everyone knows who they are. They also were political, in fact more so that Dylan. So for the revisionists who try to dismiss the influence of Dylan's work you are just plain clueless. Not knowing who he is is just admitting that you are a Menudo and Hanna Montana fan.

No argument about his singing skills, that is not the point. Neil Young also cannot sing but he is another god. Don"t know who he is? Then just give it up and stick to muzak.

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Does his drivers license read Bob Dylan or Bob Zimmerman which is his birth name?

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"Bob Dylan was treated like a complete unknown"

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

That one tickled my funny bone!

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He sings like crap.

Well he has never been regarded as a diva and for most of my life I could not stand him. But a few years back a colleague lent me "Blood On the Tracks" and it was beautiful, the writing, the music and eventually the voice all captured me. It is now on my TOP 10 list.

As for the hippie-hate, that was a long time ago ... let it go, most hippies have.

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Not knowing who he is is just admitting that you are a Menudo and Hanna Montana fan.

We agree there. Did I say I didn't know who he is? But usually when I hear "influential" it's a euphemism for "sucks but inspired better musicians."

Neil Young....Neil Young....he's that astronaut guy.

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