One way of dividing the world is separating those who can quote Dylan lyrics and those who can’t. Be honest: in which camp would you have placed George Foreman, former heavyweight boxer? But here’s George, interviewed in Dave Zirin’s excellent book about sport and the left, ‘What’s My Name, Fool?’
“I was awakened by a young Anglo-Saxon boy from Tacoma, Washington, named Richard Kibble…..He would always play me Bob Dylan. I would hear those lyrics, “Well, they’ll stone ya when you’re walking ‘long the street/They’ll stone ya when you’re trying to keep your seat/ They’ll stone ya when you’re walkin’ on the floor/They’ll stone ya when you’re walkin’ to the door….”I hope I didn’t get that wrong…..I had a thing about those Bob Dylan songs, boy. “How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?”
I hope Bob’s seen that. He’d be chuffed, I think.