Victor Maymudes (1935 – 2001) was Bob Dylan's tour manager at the beginning of his musical success in the early 1960s. After a hiatus in New Mexico, Maymudes rejoined Dylan as his tour manager from 1986 to 1996.
In his unfinished autobiography, posted on a Web site, he recalled opening the Unicorn coffee house in Los Angeles in 1955. "We had live music and poetry. People would read and play chess," he wrote. In 1959, the musician Ramblin' Jack Elliot introduced Maymudes to a Minnesota folk musician five years his junior, who had just arrived in New York City's Greenwich Village. "We went to the Gaslight Cafè on MacDougal Street, where everyone hung out," Maymudes wrote. "When we came in, Bob Dylan was in the back room where the performers hung out. He had been typing on an old typewriter in the back room. He was a two-finger typer. He was writing a new song. This one would be a hard rain that was going to fall." Maymudes developed his own reputation in the annals of Dylanology. He was "tall, taciturn" with "penetrating dark eyes, turbulent hair and an uncanny ability to keep his mouth shut," wrote Robert Shelton in his 1986 biography of Dylan, No Direction Home. Photographs show Maymudes playing chess with Dylan and standing enigmatically beside him.