Kemp said: "For me, he will always be the Bobby Zimmerman (Bobby Zimmerman), and these are stories about Bobby."
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Not long before the "Last Waltz" concert in 1976, Bob Dylan went to find Bill Graham, the organizer of the concert. He said that unless Martin Scorsese’s team agreed to only shoot two of the four songs he was going to perform, he would not be on stage.
Dylan said: "I will put Louis next to you and Martin, and he will tell you when you can record. "
The "Louis" here refers to Louie Kemp (Louie Kemp), whoIt's the best friend Dylan knew from the summer camp in 1953.
As a Rolling Thunder Revue Kemp accompanied Dylan all over the United States as the producer of Kemp, and now he needs to tell the most famous concert producer and the greatest director in history that they can only shoot part of the highlights.
When singing "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" and "Hazel", the camera was not turned on, and only "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" and "Forever" were actually shot. Young", but unexpectedly, Dylan re-sang "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" and everything went into chaos.
Kemp said: "Dylan didn’t want that song to be recorded. I screamed:'Turn off the camera!'
At that time, Bill Graham lost his mind and started to shake me. I pulled him back, and when we yelled at each other, Martin ignored us and continued shooting because he wanted it so muchA video. It was a farce at the time. ”
The last song The song was still retained by the Martin team, and what Dylan didn’t know was that Graham had another camera hidden in the back and filmed the entire concert.
This crazy moment is just What Kemp has been talking about with his friends for decadesOne of the things, he finally wrote these stories into his new book "Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventures".
This book will be released on August 15th this year.
Kemp said: "In this book Here you will see Dylan’s down-to-earth side.For me, he will always be the Bobby Zimmerman, and these are all stories about Bobby. Bob Dylan is just a commercial packaged image. I want to show a different aspect of him, Bob Dylan that no one has ever seen. "
In the past few decades, Dylan’s biographers have come to Kemp many times, hoping to hear more stories about Dylan, but Kemp refused.
He said: "Because I was thinking in my mind that one day I will write a book by myself to share these interesting and meaningful stories to me. It's just that I have procrastination. ”
A few years ago, things took a turn for the better , His best friend Zvi Small, who is also the producer of Grammys, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Because he has been urging Kemp to write this book for many years, when Kemp went to the hospital to visit him, his wish became urgent.
Kemp assured him that he would contact Kinky Friedman and ask him how to write a book. Kemp recalled: "Smore said to me at the time:'You call me now, right in front of me!'
Canch said on the phone:'You already have the most exciting Story. You have to write this book.' Then he taught me what to do."
Smore passed away six months later, Kemp intends to keep his promise to finish this book. With Friedman's guidance, he wrote down the things in his memory one by one, and began to discuss with the publisher. However, the negotiations did not go well, and the publisher insisted that he share Dylan's personal affairs and details.
He said: “They always want me to write something that I don’t think is relevant. I’m in The stories shared in the book are stories that will not betray our friendship. These stories show BaoThe flesh and blood side makes him look like an ordinary boy, just as he used to be before me. "
In order to avoid outside interference, Kemp finally decided to publish the book himself. Although Friedman wrote the preface and helped edit the first few chapters, Kemp said that most of them are He wrote it himself.
The story starts from their encounter at the summer camp: "We are all from northern Minnesota, we are from middle-class Jewish families, and we have a similar growth environment. "
The two and another partner, Larry Kagan, became a mischievous trio at the summer camp. They were almost fired for stealing the instructor’s car and trying to escape.
In 1954, Kemp believed that he had witnessed Dylan’s public debut-that night Dylan was called "Night of Genius" and Kagan performed Hank Ballard's "Annie Had a Baby" on the show.
They also played very close at university until January 1961. Lun broke contact after going to New York. Kemp later had a successful career and was the president of a fishing company. In 1972, he and Dylan met again in New York.
Two years later, he was caught invitePlease join Dylan’s 1974 reunion tour with The Band, and he sat not far from the drummer Levin Herm to watch every performance.
Kemp said: "Bob is very happy that I succeeded on my own. I never thought about asking him for anything."
Dylan likes to tour the United States with his old friends very much.He asked Kemp to help him make the 1975 Rolling Thunder tour. "You are a successful businessman."
When Kemp was surprised when he heard this idea, Dylan said, "Because you have been in it all the time, if anyone can do this well, then It’s just you.”
Actually, there are not many books about Rolling Thunder’s tour, but Dylan’s fans will definitely be fascinated by Kemp’s Dylan: The book says that Dylan was in 70 Discussions about religion at the end of the decade, and returning to the Jewish homeland in the 1980s. It was Kemp's existence that allowed Dylan to rediscover his original belief.
The book hurriedly took about the 90s, and then jumped to 9/11. Childhood partner Kagan died while driving to buy Dylan’s new album "Love and Theft" For heart disease.
Dylan and Kemp talked on the phone that day, but that was the most recent interaction between the two mentioned in the book.
He wrote in the book: "Like most friends, we also disagree. Most of the time we have walked over, and ultimately will make our friendship stronger."p>
When asked about their current relationship, Kemp's answer was a bit ambiguous.But: "Although we are still friends, we don’t keep in touch as we did before.
10 years have passed since I saw him in private last time. I won’t tell anyone what happened. Yes, this is between me and Bob."