Bob Dylan, Brian Jones, and the “Lost Jam” of 1965

by Sabrina Boyd (@SabrinaKayaB)

by Sabrina Boyd (@SabrinaKayaB)

49 years ago today, an amazing piece of rock ‘n’ roll history happened in a New York hotel room with Bob Dylan, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, and Robbie Roberston of The Band.

Too bad we will never have physical evidence of it.

In the middle of their American tour in 1965, the Rolling Stones had a few days off after two shows in Newark, NJ.

Brian Jones spent those days in New York recording with Bob Dylan and Wilson Pickett.

During that time was the Great Blackout of ’65 – on November 9, 1965, to be exact. The power went out in all of New York City from 5pm until 5am the next day.

Rather than stop the music, Jones and Dylan decided to have an acoustic, candlelight jam in Jones’s hotel room at the Lincoln Square Motor Inn, with Robbie Robertson and Bobby Neuwirth.

The blackout was sparking all sorts of conspiracy theories. Supposedly, Dylan entered the dark room saying,

“It’s an invasion from Mars! Let’s turn on. What better time? The little green men have landed.”

Of course, because there was no power, there was also no way to record.

Sadly, the world will never hear that “Lost Jam” session, but we will always remember it and wish we were there.

 

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