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When Val Kilmer Made Bob Dylan a Mix Tape

The latest name to grace KCRW’s “Guest DJ” project is actor Val Kilmer. If you’ve never heard of this series from one of LA’s two public radio flagships, it’s essentially Desert Island Discs re-imagined.

Among Kilmer’s song picks is Bob Dylan‘s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).” He took the opportunity to tell a great story about the singer, who it turns out is a huge fan of the actor’s 1993 Western Tombstone. Thanks to a mutual friend, Kilmer was able to welcome the singer to his NYC apartment:

“He shows up and sits down and he wants to talk about Tombstone, but I just can’t, you know, nor can I talk about any of his stuff. Eventually he says, ‘Ain’t you going to say anything about that movie?’ and I said, “Do some “Blowing in the Wind” and I’ll…”

“So I turned him down and, I thought, no one turns this guy down. Anyway, I felt like an idiot afterwards… I felt so bad about it. I was like how could I make it up to him? So what I did was, I recorded “It’s Alright, Ma” but as Doc Holliday and I put in all of the big lines from the movie into the song and made him a little tape.”

Wow. That’s one fantastic Dylan tale. FishbowlNY would love to know if the singer still has the tape. Also, based on the KCRW drop-by, it’s pretty clear Kilmer has a career as an FM DJ if he wants it.

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