NEW YORK (AP) -- Picture this: Joan Baez, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and Stevie Wonder gather around a table while a birthday cake bright with candles is placed in front of Bob Dylan.
A chorus of "Happy Birthday" begins -- slightly off key after a few drinks -- then the gang serenades Bob with a few verses of "Forever Young." Dylan turns to the cameras televising the event live on HBO and beams.
Nah. Not a chance.
Bob Dylan has something much more low-key in mind to mark his 60th birthday Thursday. "Absolutely no public plans," said his spokesman, Elliot Mintz.
Perhaps no artist has remained such a personal mystery to his fans while creating music that makes them feel they know him. His songs are a mirror to the soul -- just not his soul.
Dylan is the subject of a new biography that just reached stores, "Down the Highway," notable for revealing a marriage and child during the 1980s that completely escaped public notice.
For a fan of Dylan's music, the book is profoundly depressing.
It paints a picture of a lonely man, imprisoned by the clash between a public existence and an obsessive desire for privacy.
In Dylan, those pressures seem to have amplified some personal traits that weren't all that great to begin with. He alienated many people who knew him.
When Dylan was recuperating from a serious heart infection four years ago, "Down the Highway" author Howard Sounes reports, he received a get-well card from Winston Watson, a former drummer in one of the singer's many bands. Dylan later told Watson that of all the musicians he had worked with through the years, no one else had bothered to contact him.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Country singer Tim McGraw was found innocent Wednesday of charges he assaulted a sheriff's deputy during a scuffle over a police horse.
The jury also found fellow singer Kenny Chesney and McGraw road manager Mark Russo innocent for their roles in the ruckus last year at a music festival near Buffalo.
McGraw and Chesney hugged each other as the verdict was read, and McGraw's wife, country star Faith Hill, wiped away tears in the front row.
"We've been waiting eleven months to have our day in court," a tired-looking McGraw said outside of court. "The justice system works. We have nothing against the people of Buffalo. We'll be back."
McGraw, Hill and Chesney lingered outside court to sign autographs for more than 100 fans.
Downey charge reduced
INDIO, Calif. (AP) -- Prosecutors have reduced one of the charges in Robert Downey Jr.'s Palm Springs drug possession case to a misdemeanor.
Downey was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in a Riverside County court on the reduced charge after his attorneys filed a court document arguing he should be charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly possessing Valium, Deputy District Attorney Tamara Capone said.
However, Downey still faces a felony count of possessing cocaine and an additional misdemeanor count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, she said.
The 36-year-old former "Ally McBeal" co-star was arrested at Merv Griffin's Resort Hotel and Givenchy Spa last November. Authorities allegedly found the drugs in his hotel room after receiving an anonymous 911 call.
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