Louie Kemp's memoir is front-row seat to lifelong friendship with Bob Dylan
Written By: Christa Lawler / Forum News Service | Aug 15th 2019 - 7am.
Jon Bream, MUSIC, Star Tribune
The life of Louie Kemp has been entwined with Bobby Zimmerman's since childhood.
By Jon Bream Star Tribune
AUGUST 8, 2019 — 5:52PM
Rock and Roll Book Club: Louie Kemp's 'Dylan & Me'
by Jay Gabler
August 14, 2019
Bob Dylan’s Best Friend Louie Kemp Breaks Silence With New Book ‘Dylan And Me’
Louie Kemp on his friend Bob Dylan:
by Jay Gabler August 22, 2019
It was at summer camp in northern Wisconsin in 1953 that I first met Bobby Zimmerman from Hibbing. He was 12 years old and he had a guitar. He would go around telling everybody that he was going to be a rock-and-roll star. I was 11 and I believed him.
MUSIC NEWS JUNE 10, 2019 11:13AM ET
Legendary MTV VJ Mark Goodman and former Spin and Vibe editor Alan Light (blog.siriusxm.com/introducing-volu…nd-mark-goodman/) interview author Louie Kemp about producing Bob Dylan's historic Rolling Thunder Revue tour, the recently released Martin Scorsese Netflix film and discuss his brand new book Dylan & Me: 50 Years Of Adventures
Aired Live on Channel 106, Monday, June 17th, 2019 at 6pm EST
Intro - Hurricane (@bobdylan / Jacques Levy © 1975)
Outro - Romance In Durango (@bobdylan / Jacques Levy © 1975)
In the recently released concert documentary by Martin Scorsese chronicling Bob Dylan’s 1975 “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour, Dylan says, “If someone’s wearing a mask, they’re going to tell you the truth.” But some have argued Dylan has been wearing a mask ever since he legally changed his name to Bob Dylan from Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1962.
There have been a library’s worth of books trying to explain what’s behind that Bob Dylan mask — even his trash was deemed worthy of study — but large swaths of Dylan’s life remain unkown. How serious was his 1966 motorcycle accident? What led him to embrace evangelical Christianity in the late 1970s? What brought him back to Judaism a few years later, and what was behind his appearances on the 1989 Chabad telethon?
If few people know Bob Dylan, even fewer can lay claim to knowing Robert Zimmerman. But Louie Kemp may come close. Dylan’s best friend since the duo met at summer camp in 1953, and also the producer of his “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour, Kemp has just released his memoir, “Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventures” (Westrose Press)...