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Ellis, Terry

The legendary 'science student' who is given such a hard time in Don't Look Back, he went on to co-found Chrysalis Records.
Clinton Heylin:"Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades, a Biography" :
Check out the Apple Powerbook ad on page nine of the November Vanity Fair. There, alongside Henry Rollins, is a very corporate-looking Terry Ellis, the ridiculed "science student" of "Don't Look Back." Wasn't he president of Crysallis Records in the later 1960s?

Thanks to Levi Asher = you can look here! (Mike Hearst)
Not only was Terry Ellis the founder of Chrysalis Records, but he went on to be the manager of the band Jethro Tull! Pretty Scary, Huh?

Ben Taylor -
I've been meaning to check out the Newcastle upon Tyne student newspaper archives (assuming they exist...) for any mention of the Don't Look Back incident. However, I only saw part of the film years ago and I don't own a copy on cassette. Could someone summarize the incident for me? Am I right in saying Ellis was writing an article for the student newspaper?

Olof's 1965 summary mentions the following Newcastle-related events shown in the film:


Leaning On A Landpost [sung by Alan Price]    Hotel room in Newcastle, May 6
Little Things [sung by Alan Price]                        - " -
Here Comes The Night [sung by Joan Baez]                  - " -
Little Things                                             - " -
Interview by "the science student"            Backstage, Newcastle City Hall
Meeting with the High Sheriff's Lady"                     - " -
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right                  Live, Newcastle, May 6

Is there anything else I should know before I start? (All findings will be
posted to rmd, of course).

From: "B.P. Taylor" 
Subject: Terry Ellis article, 1965
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 14:46:17 GMT

Interview date:      6 May 1965
Publication date:    Wednesday, 12 May 1965 (also filmed and partially
                     broadcast in "Don't Look Back", 1966.)
Interviewer/author:  Terry Ellis.
Source:              "Courier" (page 6), Student newspaper, University of
                     Newcastle upon Tyne, England


"Dylan Talks"

"I've never been insincere in my whole life." So spake the bard, or at least
the modern equivalent, the folksinger.

And when I say folksinger, I mean just that. This genius appeared at
the City Hall last Thursday, the man who is said by his fans to "have the
message"; the man who claims, paradoxically, "I have never tried to
communicate to people. There isn't any point, it is impossible to make
anyone understand what I think."

I had a long conversation with Dylan, during which I was never sure who was
doing the interviewing, me, Dylan or Alan Price of the Animals.


ELLIS: OK., it's impossible for most people to understand but some may,
and you must communicate to find out which they are.

DYLAN: Do you think we have an adequate means of communication?

ELLIS: No, but it's the best we have and we must use it.

DYLAN: What would we do if we couldn't communicate?

ELLIS: Oh, I'm sure ... who's doing the interview, me or you?

PRICE: Well, you haven't asked any questions yet.

And so it went on, all three interviewing each other, till Dylan at last
came out with something telling, "I have my friend, I know who they are, I
don't need any more. I don't see what you have to gain spiritually from
talking to someone for a few minutes."


Well, I didn't talk for just a few minutes, but rather for over half an
hour. I didn't gain spiritually, but I think I caught an insight into the
man who wrote

        "How many times must the cannon balls fly, before too many people
            have died?
        The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind, the answer is blowin'
            in the wind."

Terry Ellis

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