Portsmouth man says Bob Dylan is his father, makes film about 'finding out the truth'
A man from Portsmouth who says singer and musician Bob Dylan is his father is taking his quest a step further, as he wrote and directed a film about what he claims is "finding out the truth."
The movie, "Unveiling," is about William DeVogue's lifelong journey.
DeVogue remembers being 3-and-a-half-years-old in 1967 and driven by a social worker to live with his adoptive parents. As a teenager, they gave him a certificate of baptism, which he said was the first clue.
“It’s a story about searching,” said DeVogue, “And trying to figure out truths, and trying to discover yourself and who you are and where you came from. And then across the way you come across little surprises.”
While "Unveiling'" is a short film, it's really taken a lifetime of that experience of searching to make.
“Inside that 10 minutes, it's powerful, yeah, there's some good stuff,” DeVogue said.
He found his biological mother, Tina DeVogue, in Jamaica Plain near Boston, addled from drug addiction, in poor health, but alive and cognizant.
In the summer of 1963, New York's Greenwich Village was where his mother, a singer, said she first met Dylan, eventually becoming pregnant, the revelation, she added, ending whatever is was they had together.
DeVogue affirmed there was a relationship between his mother and Dylan. “
"Oh, yeah,” he said.
“A prolonged affair?” a reporter asked.
He replied, “I would say so.”
Rocco Michauluk heads up Rocco films in Newport and has produced and directed the film they both say is based on the true story.
“Knowing who your mom and dad are reveals your identity,” Michauluk said. “His dad won't recognize him. How devastating that would be?”
Dylan officially has six children, including five biological kids and one who was adopted. But, if what DeVogue said is true, that number might be seven.
Three years ago, DeVogue reached out to Dylan's management, and got an hour-long call back from Jeff Rosen about the musician.
“The response was, 'He has no recollection,” said DeVogue, adding that he was told Dylan was not going to submit to a DNA test.
DeVogue won't ask Dylan's offspring for a DNA test to prove or disprove he's their half-brother because he said, “this is between him and Bob."
But if they offer, he's OK with that.
“Never, from day one, I have never sought anything other than just the truth,” said DeVogue. “I would have been his first born. That I know of.”
NBC 10 reached out to Dylan's manager, Jeff Rosen, for comment, but has not heard back.
Still, DeVogue said he is looking forward to the premiere of the short film on February 3 at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Theatre on Broadway in Providence.