Apologizing for dumping her during that infamous 1965 British road trip (all caught on camera in D. Pennebaker's classic documentary ), Dylan says he did it to keep Baez from getting "swept up in the madness my career had become."For her part, Baez admits in the film just how much she loved Dylan: "I was crazy about him.
But Britta Lee Shain, in her memoir about her time in Dylan’s circle — which included a lengthy seduction by Dylan followed by a brief affair — tells of exactly that, showing the playful, mischievous and womanizing side of the musical icon that the public rarely sees. “For days afterwards, I weigh everything Ernie does,” she writes, “and it all seems pretty stupid to me.” Along the way, Shain got to know more of Dylan’s inner circle, including his first road manager from the ’60s.
“Bob swoops up a [large] slice [of cake], circles the table, then plasters the gooey dessert in my face,” writes Shain in “Seeing the Real You at Last.” Later, after she returns fire, Dylan “picks up the champagne bottle and pours it over my head.” Shain, an aspiring screenwriter and lifelong Dylan fanatic, began dating Dylan’s road manager, Ernie, in 1985. ‘Oh, Bob,’ I wind up gushing, ‘I think Ernie’s the smartest guy I’ve ever known.’ “ ‘Smart! He shared with her that in the early days, Dylan “was so broke in New York he sold his body for 20 bucks a pop” and also that he had used heroin. ’” After critics lambasted shows on his 1987 tour, he read one of the reviews while a glowing article about Michael Jackson, featuring a picture of him and his chimp, Bubbles, stared him down from the opposite page.
The couple was seen closely eyeing some pricey bling in a couple of major jewelry stores — especially major diamond baubles that could only be described as the kind usually slipped on a woman’s left-hand ring finger. (read more)According to some insiders, they'll soon be engaged. Rumor Explodes on Twitter Naturally, the Sun-Times’ article sent Facebook and Twitter into a frenzy.
The newspaper also added that people who claim to be close to the couple are “convinced” an engagement is inevitable. Fans were simultaneously mourning and celebrating the news. Many other fans were crushed because they hoped to marry him...
He barely mentioned her in his recent autobiography and made only a cryptic comment in the 2005 Martin Scorsese doc , directed by Mary Wharton.
The film includes numerous new interviews with the men in Baez's life, interspersed with archival concert footage and newsreel images of her 51-year career as a performer, pacifist and social activist.Shortly after they connected, during a time when she described them as “inseparable,” Dylan had “flown in a bimbo,” and Shain “hit the ceiling.” Likely the result of plans made before the two connected, it led to Shain, Dylan and the “bimbo” lying on Dylan’s bed, “him holding me, her fuming.” “ ‘What about all three of us,’ Bob asks me.“I’ve done my experimenting,’ I tell him.” The pair eventually declared their love for each other, and Dylan discussed them as a possible long-term item as he despaired over Ernie’s impending return to the tour.While she and Ernie wound up living together, Dylan hung over their relationship like a specter, endlessly flirting and, in time, digging at her relationship with his friend. As the flirtation progressed, Dylan introduced Shain to his ex-wife, Sara, and Shain presented herself as “Ernie’s girlfriend.” “ ‘Oh, Breeda,’ Bob sighs, shaking his head, as I’m halfway out the door, ‘you know that just isn’t true, at all.’ ” Much of the pleasure of this book comes from the funny, quirky, humanizing details Shain drops about the singer throughout. “Maybe I ought to get me a monkey,” said a dejected Dylan.As the three of them took in a movie — Dylan liked to see movies made by or starring people he knew — Shain says he asked her, when the two found themselves alone, what she saw in Ernie. Dylan — who had a home in Trump Tower at the time — was off to a party with his girlfriend, Carole, and several friends, including Shain, when he asked where they were going. The famed songwriter had some unique ideas for movies."I was sorry to see our relationship end."The occasion, and the source of the confession, was the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival of , a PBS documentary set for broadcast next month.