Playwright commissioned by Dylan to write a screenplay for a film to be shot on the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. Though the script idea was later dropped, Shepard contributed his ideas and acting to the film Renaldo and Clara and documented the tour in his Rolling Thunder Logbook. He subsequently collaborated with Dylan on the 1984 song 'New Danville Girl' and on a June 1987 feature for Esquire magazine.
Clinton Heylin:"Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades, a Biography"
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 95 18:27:32 0400
From: Daniel Olson (email@example.com)
Subject: Who's Who - Letter S
Me again. A few comments around the letter S:
Any of this stuff worth adding? I can get more specific references if
you need them. Trip to the local university library . . .
- played drums with the Holy Modal Rounders (see Pete Stampfel entry)
for a few years in the late '60s;
- lived with Patti (not Pattie) Smith for a while, they co-wrote a play
called "Cowboy Mouth" (in which there is a discussion of what it takes
to make the perfect rock star "You need and angel with a cowboy mouth"
"Dylan had it. Mick Jagger had it" quotes are from dim memory of reading
the play - you can check it out);
- co-wrote a song with Dylan "Brownsville Girl" on Knocked Out Loaded
(which oddly enough I have never heard);
- there was an article in Esquire magazine 1986 or 1987 (I think), which
is a conversation (interview) between Dylan and Shepard.
- the Robert Shelton book tells a story of Dylan going a little drunk to
a Shepard play, making comments from the audience, crawling out the
bathroom window during intermission.
Gary M. Grant's Sam Shepard site
Picture of Sam