Letter: Bob Dylan was indeed a Fargo boy for a time

Fuglie is replying to the letter "Enough with the Bob Dylan coverage; he was not from Fargo"

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In response to Carl Wannemacher’s goofy letter about Bob Dylan , let me remind your readers that Dylan was indeed a Fargo boy for a time, as recounted in this short story by Debra Marquart in her book “The Hunger Bone,” published by New Rivers Press in 2001. Longtime readers may recognize some of the other characters in the story.

“Somewhere between Hibbing and New York, the red rust streets of the Iron Range and the shipping yards of the Atlantic, somewhere between Zimmerman and Dylan was a pit stop in Fargo, a Superman-in-the-phone-booth interlude, recalled by no one but the Danforth brothers, who hired the young musician, fresh in town with his beat-up six string guitar and his small-town twang to play shake, rattle and roll, to play good golly, along with Wayne on the keys and Dirk on the bass, two musical brothers whom you might find playing the baby grand, happy hours at the southside Holiday Inn.

“And if you slip the snifter a five, Wayne might talk between how high the moon, and embraceable you, about Dylan’s lost years, about the Elvis sneer, the James Dean leather collar pulled tight around his neck, about the late-night motorcycle rides, kicking over the city’s garbage cans, and how they finally had to let him go, seeing how he was more trouble than he was worth, and with everyone in full agreement that the new boy just could not sing."

Jim Fuglie lives in Bismarck.

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