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RIP Mr Jones


11/27/07
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(Contact Music) Rochester Institute of Technology film professor Jeffrey Owen Jones, who reputedly was immortalized as the "Mr. Jones" whom Bob Dylan referred to in "Ballad of a Thin Man," died on Nov. 10 of lung cancer, it was reported on Monday.

Jones had interviewed Dylan as a summer intern for Time magazine at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, shortly before Dylan wrote his song, which begins, "You walk into the room/With your pencil in your hand/You see somebody naked/And you say, 'Who is that man?'" and which ends, "Something is happening her/But you don't know what it is/Do you, Mr. Jones?"

Later, in an article in Rolling Stone, Jones wrote: "I resented the caricature but had to admit that there was something happening there at Newport in the summer of 1965, and I didn't know what it was." - More news from Contact Music

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