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Confessions of Bob Dylan's Ex-Joint Roller

Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and Off the Tracks By Victor Maymudes, co-written and edited by Jacob Maymudes St. Martin's Press, 304 pp., $26.99

From 1961 to 1966, Victor Maymudes filled a lot of roles -- both official and not -- for Bob Dylan: friend, confidante, gofer, driver, road manager, interference runner, party buddy, chess and conversation partner, and procurer/carrier of marijuana. And joint roller.

It's that last role even Maymudes' son Jacob says will likely be his lasting legacy, at least in rock history. For on that fateful night of August 28, 1964 at the Delmonico Hotel in New York, it was Maymudes who made the famous Smoke Summit/First Meeting between Dylan and the Beatles possible, after nearly getting sucked away by the teeming crowd of screaming girls and cops around the band.

The New Yorkers, mistakenly thinking that the repetitive chorus "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" went "I get high" instead of the actual "I can't hide," figured the Fabs were already experienced smokers.

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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