The Most Mysterious Period Of Bob Dylan’s Life
Bob Dylan is one of the most respected and valued musicians of all time. His tenure of 60 years has made him a notable figure in pop culture for generations. His work in the 1960s helped him break through barriers and reach an international fan base. Dylan has sold over 125 million records with successful albums such as ‘Blood on the Tracks,’ ‘Blonde on Blonde,’ and many more.
As a result of his chart-topping records, Dylan has received many awards, including the Presidential Medal Of Freedom, ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe. He also was the first musician to receive a Nobel Prize for Literature. However, everything changed for the singer in the ’60s. A motorcycle accident led to his disappearance, and people had many opinions regarding this mysterious incident.
What Happened To Bob Dylan In The Motorcycle Crash?
After ‘Blonde on Blonde’ was released, Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, New York. This motorcycle accident was one of the biggest mysteries of the ’60s. The scale of his fame should have made the news instantly, but nobody knew what had happened. There was no police report showing the details, only eyewitnesses who saw the wreck after the crash, but no sign of Dylan.
At the time, his manager only saw him after the accident, and Dylan was taken to a local doctor’s home for treatment. The news came from Robbie Robertson that Dylan had broken his neck and had to wear a neck brace for six weeks. There were stories of him dying after the accident that swirled around until he released his album ‘John Wesley Harding’ in 1967.
What Were The Theories About Bob Dylan’s Disappearance?
When Bob Dylan disappeared, people had a lot of questions. Some believed he deliberately crashed into his Triumph motorcycle to avoid all attention. Some of his fans didn’t think he broke his neck, while many alleged that he lost his life.
One of the earliest theories arose right after the accident when Dylan requested that he be taken to Doctor Ed Thaler’s home for treatment. The question lurking in the tabloids was why he would choose to go to a home rather than a real hospital if he was severely injured. People assumed he wanted the mystery to remain a mystery and to make everyone more invested in his story.
Some people said that after the accident, he went blind and could no longer play the guitar. Some said the roads must have been wet or oily since it was not his first time on the motorcycle. There were also rumors that he overused amphetamines, which was the cause of the accident.
However, Dylan explained the crash as transfiguration, in which the individual changes form into a higher spiritual state. The questions asked are meaningless to him because to him, old Bob Dylan is dead. He moved on with this new version of himself, allowing him to make new music and live his life.
Dylan later wrote about the incident:
“I had been in a motorcycle accident, and I’d been hurt, but I recovered. The truth was that I wanted to get out of the rat race. Having children changed my life and segregated me from just about everybody and everything that was going on. Outside of my family, nothing held any real interest for me, and I was seeing everything through different glasses.”
While many people speculated countless stories regarding Bob Dylan’s accident, there was one particular aspect of his experience; it changed the musician’s perspective on life and his career. He survived the crash as a changed person and applied those terrifying times to become a new musician.