Popular music has spawned its own history and a corresponding collection of tall tales and legends.
Arlo Guthrie says there's truth in at least one of those famous fables, one involving him and Bob Dylan. The story goes like this: Shortly after arriving in New York in 1961, the teen-aged Dylan made a pilgrimage to the Guthrie home in Queens looking for Arlo's famed father, Woody.
He was greeted at the door by a baby-sitter who, not knowing what to make of the scruffy kid, called Arlo's mom at work.
"Don't let him in," Mrs. Guthrie said. "Tell him to come back when I'll be home."
The baby-sitter hung up the phone only to find Dylan showing Arlo a new way to play harmonica.
"That happened, " Guthrie said in an interview from Taos, N.M. "Bob's not like a really good friend, (though) he's obviously somebody whose work I greatly admire. I talk to him every couple of years.
Dylan, he had really succeeded in doing something that had never been done: making our music serious. Before he was a generation's hero, he was a folk singers' hero."
Brian McCoy, "Arlo Guthrie back in spotlight after album", The Miami News, Dec 6, 1988