Hey I was reading Chronicles again last night and have a question.
In the Chapter Oh Mercy, Bob is talking about his arm injury and how it was going to affect the upcoming tour, which seems it will be the start of the NET. So I am thinking this injury occurred maybe 1988? Would that be about right?
Anyway Bob says that he had to take his daughter to a school play. My question is, What daughter of Bob's would be of the right age to appear in a school play in 1988? Assuming Desiree was born in 1986, would a 2 year old go to a school play?? Doubt it. At 2 you would expect not even to be in kindergarten.
The only other daughters were born in the 60's. Would they go to a school play at age 20+?
Anyway I am just wondering if Bob was giving us a hint that he has other kids born in the 80's?
Perhaps it was Tom Petty's daughter as one theory has it that it was probably Tom Petty's hand.
The internal evidence in Chronicles
suggests that Dylan implies an injury that possibly occurred in `87 or `88. However, this article:http://www.freewheelin-on-line.info/tak ... ytimes.htm
... addresses the writer's opinion that it's unlikely it could have been either of those years. However, I'll offer another theory.
On first reading Chronicles
, I thought the injury - if injury there was - might have taken place in 1986
. According to Wikipedia, the "True Confessions" tour ended on August 1986 and the "Temple in Flames" tour began in September 1987. When Dylan says "...It was 1987... It was now only January but my hand was going to need plenty of time to heal and be rehabilitated,"
he's referring to an injury that took place sometime between August, 1986 and January 1987, with Mr. D. back in harness by September 1987. In typical Chronicles
fashion, Dylan conflates the years of two Petty tours, the Dead gigs and the beginning of the NET into one reminisce, confusing the year he's actually talking about, either deliberately or accidentally.
I have no idea what Dylan was doing between August 1986 and September 1987.
I'll let someone who follows his activities more closely than I to point out why it's unlikely he was nursing a serious hand injury during that year-long period.
And finally, taking a page from my pal Scott Warmuth, I'll note that Dylan's passage on the hand injury...
"Then it hit me….. Returning from the emergency room with my arm entombed in plaster I fell into a chair – something heavy had come against me. It was like a black leopard had torn at my tattered flesh.
It was plenty sore…. I was on the threshold of nothing, ruined. This could be the last turn of the screw. The trail had come to a halt." (Chronicles
... is ah, strangely reminiscent of a passage from a pulp novel... "... A black leopard
, having its fore-paws upon the dead man's breast, turned ... dead--whilst the creature's gleaming fangs were buried in the tattered flesh
And that pulp novel? Why, it's by Sax Rohmer. And it's title?
"The Hand of Fu-Manchu"
I'll let you, o gentle reader, draw your own conclusions.