An Insider's View Of The Bob Dylan Story

This program is rebroadcast from September 17, 2014.

A new take on the life and music of Bob Dylan, from way inside the Dylan story. “Another Side of Bob Dylan.”

Bob Dylan and Victor Maymudes at "The Castle" in LA before the 1965 world tour. (Lisa Law/The Archive Agency)
Bob Dylan and Victor Maymudes at "The Castle" in LA before the 1965 world tour. (Lisa Law/The Archive Agency)

For a music giant, a cultural touchstone, Bob Dylan has long been one of the most inscrutable of artists.  Beyond his towering music, he doesn’t share.  Doesn’t open up.  We do not get close.  But Victor Maymudes did.  For forty years, from Dylan’s earliest days in Greenwich Village.  He was tour manager and a lot more.  Left the tapes that tell the inside story.  His son Jake was written them up.  He’s with us.  This hour, On Point:  Another Side of Bob Dylan.  Deep Dylan.
- Tom Ashbrook


Jacob Maymudes, writer and the son of the late Victor Maymudes, tour manager and friend of Bob Dylan. Editor and co-author (with his father) of “Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks.” (@JacobMaymudes)

Tim Riley, author and rock culture expert. Author of “Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary,” “Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music—The Definitive Life,” “Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America.” Professor of journalism at Emerson College. (@triley60)

From Tom's Reading List

New York Times: A Dylan Insider’s Back Pages - "In 2000, Victor, who was flat broke, signed a book contract with St. Martin’s Press and began speaking into a tape recorder. A year later, he died of an aneurysm, at 65. The unfinished book became another mythic item in the ever-expanding Dylanology, and curiosity grew."

Rolling Stone: 6 Things We Learned From the New Bob Dylan Tell-All - "Not many people get close to Bob Dylan, but Victor Maymudes – who was Dylan's road manager in the mid-Sixties and again from 1986 to 1996 – certainly did. Maymudes died in 2001, but he left behind hours of interview tapes, which his son Jacob has turned into a revealing new memoir, Another Side of Bob Dylan."

The Daily Mail: Bob Dylan refused to marry Joan Baez because he couldn't control her and shunned his lesbian daughter, reveals blockbuster book by best pal - "After five decades, legendary folk/rock icon Bob Dylan remains as secretive and controlling in his relationships with women as he was when he first showed up on New York's Greenwich Village folk scene in the early Sixties."

Excerpt: "Another Side of Bob Dylan" by Victor and Jacob Maymudes


This program aired on November 27, 2014. The audio for this program is not available.


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