It was just over 50 years ago this summer that Bob Dylan famously suffered a serious motorbike accident in the back roads around Woodstock, New York, and disappeared from public sight. In fact, Dylan would later reveal that the crash left him with a cracked vertebra and serious cuts and bruises.Having exploded on to the scene as a youth protest folk singer who would go on to become the world's biggest musical icon, Dylan was on his way home on July 29, 1966, when he crashed his beloved Triumph. He had just completed a relentless, apparently drug-fuelled, tour. For the singer, it presented an almost life-saving chance to escape the pressures of his world, to disappear into the bosom of family life, exchanging his brutal schedule of constant album releases, studio time, press duties, tours and fan attention, for time with his wife Sara Lownds and their children.By the mid 1960s, he was playing up to 200 concerts a year.To date, Dylan, who last year made history as the first musician to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, has sold over 40 million albums.
When Dylan let go of his backing singers, she returned home, and Dylan, by then embarked on the so called Never Ending Tour, is said to have rarely visited.The pair were both in relationships when they met in 1964; Sara married, Dylan tied to folk singer Joan Baez.In his autobiography, he wrote that when he first saw folk singer Baez on television, "I couldn't stop looking at her, didn't want to blink." When they actually met in the early 1960s she became a huge supporter, insisting they duet onstage, despite occasional protests from her fans, who objected to Dylan's nasal twang.Years later, in a documentary about Baez, Dylan would, in his own way, apologise, saying he felt "very bad" about how the relationship with "Joanie" ended.Dylan had not been alone when he allegedly got together with Baez.