John Dickerson

John Dickerson is a CBS senior national correspondent and Chief Political Analyst. He is also a Contributing Writer to The Atlantic and is co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

David Crosby and Bob Dylan on robes and capes

David Crosby died at age 81. All the Bob Dylan pages I follow are offering these two quotes.qSAORl8vQHKQNxTBqM2T3MhxHfMOyn7FR3kpHNMw6MY0BZNScaazaq1jLdOiEXUOwCZZtQlmJuoMMQ7oRP D o0SJ4tmEHcSGrOtWsOMubPlMK9GfpWTEhmg 0Z 6 ZpmGDs35Uo



DAVID CROSBY: “I got Bob really high. There was an altercation between Bob & the Princeton people, who insisted that he wear a robe. I had to convince Bob to stay & do it. There’s a line: ‘The man standing next to me, his head was exploding.’ That’s me!”

BOB DYLAN: “Crosby was a colorful and unpredictable character, wore a Mandrake the Magician cape, didn’t get along with too many people and had a beautiful voice — an architect of harmony. He could freak out a whole city block all by himself. I liked him a lot.”


The song Crosby is referring to is Day of the Locusts, which I’ve always liked.1970 Rolling Stone Covers – Rolling Stone


I put down my robe, I picked up my diploma

Took hold of my sweetheart and away we did drive

Straight for the hills, the black hills of Dakota

Sure was glad to get out of there alive


I put that line on my yearbook page. I graduated 17 years after the incident in that song. It was another year of the locusts. Here’s a Rolling Stone description of the Princeton Honorary Degree event. Here’s another fun account.

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