When Dylan Met The Beatles For The First Time. I’m reporting from the book,“The Last Days Of John Lennon.” I loved this part. —LWH.
Alfred Gilbert Aronowitz, the American rock journalist best known for introducing Bob Dylan to The Beatles in 1964, said it was “the crowning achievement of his career. Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager from 1962 until his death in 1967, arranged for the meeting in the Delmonico Hotel in NYC.
Minutes after meeting each other, Dylan admits to the Beatles that he really likes the line “I get high, I get high” in the song “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
“Actually,” says John, “it’s ‘I can’t hide, I can’t hide.” Everyone in the room shares a laugh. Then Dylan adds, “Here I was, thinking you were singing about smoking pot.” John and Paul exchange embarrassed glances. “We, ah, haven’t really tried marijuana before.”
Dylan’s road manager, Victor
Maymudes, rolls a joint for each Beatle. “Give it to my royal taster,” John
says, pointing to Ringo. Ringo takes several hits…and can’t stop laughing.
John joins in.
Paul spouts existential phil-
osophy and wanders around hugging people, Ringo and George double over in hysterical laughter, especially when the room phone rings and Dylan answers it with, “This is Beatlemania here.”
“It was such an amazing night,” George later says. “I felt really good. That was a hell of a night.”
The photo below is of my godson’s son, Lucas. He is far left. Haha. Not sure of his political situation. Nevertheless, this photo makes me so happy, This is the world I want to live in.