David Kemper Explains Bob Dylan’s Tactics For Disguise

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The drummer David Kemper, who formerly worked with Bob Dylan for a while, recently sat down with Rolling Stone for an interview, in which he opened up about how Dylan hid as he mingled in public.

Bob Dylan has been regarded among the greatest songwriters in the music scene, with his prolific career spanning over 60 years. He has made quite a name for himself, especially with his songs about social, political, and philosophical issues.

His hit tracks like ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” turned into anthems during civil rights and anti-war movements, primarily in the ’60s. Dylan expanded the borders of popular music with the commercial success of the songs such as ‘Like a Rolling Stone,’ which became number 2 on the US Billboard.

The rocker also experimented with country music and rural themes in the albums titled ‘Nashville Skyline’ and ‘New Morning.’ In time, he turned into a musician who appealed to people from all over the world. His fan base gradually increased, and he became to known by everyone.

Recently, David Kemper, who worked in Dylan’s band between 1996 and 2001, revealed that although the singer did not have a bodyguard, he had his own ways of disguising himself in public. According to him, he managed not to be recognized by the photographers wearing clothes that did not reveal who he was. Kemper noted that Dylan also acted quiet, staying away from trouble.

David Kemper said the following when asked how Bob Dylan managed to go unnoticed:

“I don’t think he had a bodyguard with him. He had disguises, though. I don’t mean he had face masks and stuff, but he had hats that he could wear, and he had clothes that he would wear that don’t say ‘Bob Dylan.’ I don’t mean that literally, but they aren’t like the clothes he’s been photographed in. He was also just quiet. He knew how to blend yet. He didn’t look for trouble.”

Bob Dylan has sold over 125 million albums, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. He has won multiple awards, including ten Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, and has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dylan was most recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his poetic contributions to American music.