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The film follows singer-songwriter Bob Dylan on his tour of Europe in 1966, accompanied by his band The Hawks, comprised of Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Mickey Jones. Alternating between scenes of Dylan on and off-stage, the film also includes dramatized events and interviews with fans and detractors after performances. The footage, which is not chronological, consists of edited scenes from press conferences, parties, the tour bus and practices. Some scenes are repeated and others are intercut to form a visual collage. Themes repeated throughout include trains and hotel rooms, illustrating the alienating nature of life on tour. In one scene, Dylan performs an impromptu duet with country and western singer Johnny Cash, while in another, he improvises in a hotel room with Robertson.