Much conjecture surrounds the nature and severity of Bob Dylan’s infamous 1966 motorcycle accident. Some say the wreck broke several vertebrae and nearly killed him; other sources claim Dylan’s injuries were minor and his lengthy recuperation was staged to give him some time off to detox from heroin and/or methamphetamine addiction. Nearly 50 years and a small library of biographies later, what really happened near Woodstock, NY on July 29, 1966 remains shrouded in mystery.
One thing all accounts, even Dylan’s own, agree on: the accident was entirely his own fault. Depending on which story you happen to be reading, Bob either skidded on a patch of oil or was blinded by the morning Catskill sun. Regardless, Dylan went down like he often played: solo.