Bob Neuwirth

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Bob Neuwirth
Birth name Robert Neuwirth
Born (1939-06-20) June 20, 1939 (age 74)
Origin Akron, Ohio, United States
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, banjo
Years active 1960s–present

Bob Neuwirth (born June 20, 1939, Akron, Ohio) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and visual artist.


A mainstay of the early 1960s Cambridge, Massachusetts, folk scene, he subsequently became a friend and associate of Bob Dylan alongside whom he appears in D.A. Pennebaker's documentary Dont Look Back and Dylan's own self-referential romantic fantasy/tour film Renaldo and Clara. Neuwirth assembled the backing band for Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue.[1] With Janis Joplin and poet Michael McClure, he co-wrote the song "Mercedes Benz". He also introduced Kris Kristofferson to Janis Joplin.

Colin Irwin writes:

Painter, road manager, sidekick, confidante, henchman, poet, underground cult hero, womanizer, party organizer, self-appointed king of cool, and baiter-in-chief of Baez, Donovan, and any other unfortunate who wound up in the line of fire of his sledgehammer jibes, Neuwirth went on to become a film-maker and a credible singer-songwriter in his own right, co-writing the wonderful 'Mercedes Benz' with his friend Janis Joplin.[2]



  • Bob Neuwirth (1974)
  • Back to the Front (1988)
  • 99 Monkeys (1990)
  • Look Up (1996)
  • Havana Midnight (1999)

With John Cale[edit]

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  1. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International. p. 282. CN 5585. 
  2. ^ Colin Irwin, Legendary Sessions: Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited p54 Billboard Books 2008

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