Only the #1 most influential Rock Artist in history, detained by the “magic call”.

dylanRock legend Bob Dylan was treated like a complete unknown by police in a New Jersey shore community when a resident called (the magic call) to report someone wandering around the neighborhood.

Dylan was in Long Branch, about a two-hour drive south of New York City, on July 23 as part of a tour with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp that was to play at a baseball stadium.

A 24-year-old police officer apparently was unaware of who Dylan is and asked him for identification, Long Branch business administrator Howard Woolley said Friday.

“I don’t think she was familiar with his entire body of work,” Woolley said.

The incident began at 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) when a resident said a man was wandering around a low-income, predominantly minority neighborhood several blocks from the oceanfront looking at houses.

The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name. According to Woolley, the following exchange ensued:

“What is your name, sir?” the officer asked.

Bob Dylan,” Dylan said.

“OK, what are you doing here?” the officer asked.

“I’m on tour,” the singer replied.

A second officer, also in his 20s, responded to assist the first officer. He, too, apparently was unfamiliar with Dylan, Woolley said.

The officers asked Dylan for identification.

(ck here for the stop and identify law in NJ, whoops there isn’t one?)

The singer of such classics as “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” said that he didn’t have any ID with him, that he was just walking around looking at houses to pass some time before that night’s show.

The officers asked Dylan, 68, to accompany them back to the Ocean Place Resort and Spa, where the performers were staying. Once there, tour staff vouched for Dylan.

The officers thanked him for his cooperation.

“He couldn’t have been any nicer to them,” Woolley added.

Rolling Stone rates Bob Dylan more influential than Elvis, Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry. Only the Beatles as a group rates higher.  Apparently, in this NJ neighborhood, walking on the street is considered criminal behavior by the the local Leos. Sadly, in most areas, Leos believe that they have the right to detain people and demand identification in violation of the 4th Amendment, even if you are just walking around and you believe that a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

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