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Bob Dylan & John Lennon Sharing A Cab In 1966
May 11, 2013
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We came across this video and had to share, simply because it's two of the biggest legends in music history in their youth and on drugs.

It's Bob Dylan and John Lennon sharing a cab in London, smoking and having a strange and pretty non-sensical chat in 1966.

The footage is from a documentary called Eat The Document, which was supposed to be a sequel to the class doc about Dylan called Don't Look Back, by D.A. Pennebaker (who's been in the red chair). But the sequel never went anywhere.

As the website Messy Nessy writes, Lennon told Rolling Stone magazine in 1971 that he and Dylan had done heroin this day.

He said they were "both in shades, and both on f**king junk, and all these freaks around us [...] But it was his scene, that was the problem for me. It was his movie. I was on his territory, that's why I was so nervous."

Along the way, Dylan talks about the river Thames as the reason Hitler couldn't invade Britain, and they make reference to Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, and The Mamas & The Papas.

There's actually three parts to this video on YouTube, with the one at the top being part one. You can see the entire documentary right here.

And you can read Lennon's full interview with Rolling Stone here, including more about his relationship with Dylan, referring to it as "sort of an acquaintance".

When asked if he thought Dylan was great Lennon said:

"No, I see him as another poet, or as competition. You read my books that were written before I heard of Dylan or read Dylan or anybody, it's the same. I didn't come after Elvis and Dylan, I've been around always. But if I see or meet a great artist, I love 'em. I go fanatical about them for a short period, and then I get over it. If they wear green socks I'm liable to wear green socks for a period too."

Lennon also recalls he and Yoko Ono meeting former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau saying:

"He was interested in us because he thought we might represent some sort of youth faction - he wants to know, like everybody does, really. I think he was very nervous - he was more nervous than we were when we met. We talked about everything - just anything you can think of. We spent about 40 minutes - it was 5 minutes longer than he'd spent with the heads of state which was the great glory of the time."

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