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The Answer Is Blowin' In the Wind

PASADENA, Calif. -- When it comes to Bob Dylan, Joan Baez isn't in a talking mood.

At a press conference for an upcoming edition of PBS' "American Masters" series titled "Joan Baez: Sing Me Home," the legendary folk singer was asked a series of questions about Dylan that began with one asking what their relationship was like these days.

"Well, I don't really have one," said Baez, who appeared via satellite from Newport, R.I. before appearing at George Wein's Folk Festival 50 (formerly the Newport Folk Festival).

Not satisfied, the questioner asked: "Why is that? I mean, when is the last time you chatted with him?"

"You know," replied Baez, "Susan Lacy (the producer) and American Masters made a magnificent documentary on him. And once you've seen it, you won't ever really have another question of me about Bob Dylan."

The questioner persisted and asked Baez when is the last time she talked to Dylan.

"I don't think you heard what I just said," protested Baez.

Undaunted, the questioner asked one more time.

"I think you better see the documentary," replied Baez. "Isn't that right, Susan?"

After the press conference, I asked Lacy what Dylan said about Baez in the 2005 American Masters program, "Bob Dylan: No Direction Home."

"He hurt her feelings really badly after she had made his career," said Lacy. "She brought him on the stage. Nobody wanted to hear him at the time. He was a little punk and they only wanted to hear her and she knew he was greatness personified.

"And then they were lovers. And then they went on a British tour and he refused to invite her on the stage. He said (on the program) that he was very sorry that he was a young punk and he hurt her feelings and he wishes he hadn't. He wishes he could do it over again and he was sad the relationship ended. A pretty amazing admission."

Dylan was interviewed for the Baez program, which will air on Oct. 14. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Rev. Jesse Jackson also were interviewed. Sounds like must-see TV for anyone who lived through the 1960s.

-- Alan Pergament

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