The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
The famous photograph of a 21-year-old Bob Dylan and his then-girlfriend and muse Suze Rotolo was shot by Don Hunstein in February 1963 on the streets of a very recognisable cosmopolitan city; New York. The iconic status of this photograph is a little tricky to explain but I’m sure it’s got something to do with that lovely “aaaw-look-at-the-young-hipsters-in-love” factor it oozes – despite the fact that the couple’s turbulent relationship ended just a year after the photo shoot!
Rotolo’s presence on the cover is also unique as you don’t see many random boy/girlfriends hanging around on album covers by solo artists. What this perhaps illustrates is the influence she had on Dylan’s music at the time (she is said to have inspired many of his songs including Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright and Boots of Spanish Leather).
While Rotolo described herself as an “Italian sausage”, due to the layers she had to put on for the cold during the shoot, Dylan chose to shiver in a thin jacket for coolness’ sake. Of course not everyone is impressed by Dylan’s manly show-offing though. Just take critic Janet Maslin for example, who claims that the photo “inspired countless young men to hunch their shoulders, look distant, and let the girl do the clinging”. Whether this cover is showy, cool or misogynistic, there’s no doubt that the album it fronts is great.
This photograph has been replicated a thousand times to represent love and all things coupley. Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, in the film Vanilla Sky, used the image to good effect, while lesser known examples (like wedding invitations) claim it’s use in a slightly sickly manner.
As part of ESPN magazine's "music issue," Nascar Driver Jimmie Johnson was asked to recreate the iconic Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album cover along with wife Chandra in february 2013. And if you view Johnson's version with Dylan's side by side, it's pretty close.
Now, in recreating this for yourself, you might think you could just go out on any fire escape clad street in New York wearing any old suede jacket dragging your reluctant friend/girlfriend/stranger/gimp along with you. Oh no. You’re not a true Dylan fan unless you go to that exact spot and make sure your outfit, hair and arm candy is matching right down to the awkward cut of Dylan’s denims (the whole set is available at Esquire at the time of writing - july 2016).
Suede shirt jacket ($1,060) by Oliver Spencer, mrporter.com; denim long sleeve shirt ($19.90) by Uniqlo, uniqlo.com; standard selvage denim ($298) by Jack Spade, jackspade.com; metal loop belt ($19.90) by Uniqlo, uniqlo.com; black leather boots ($140) by Clarks, zappos.com.
Text, courtesy: Ariana Ostrow
Jeffrey Everett is a successful designer, illustrator, and author working outside of Washington, DC. Jeffrey has had the pleasure of designing and illustrating for a wide variety of entertainment, corporate, and non-profit clients.
Cover of an Italian Comic book, February 1989
The Freewheelin' cover has been an inspiration vor many wedding invitations. A Google query gives lots of examples
Chris Hunter about this record: This record came about mostly because of my involvement with Composer Mike Westbrook and an independent label he was associated with, Original Records. It features a group of musicians I’d met in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra: Robin Smith Keyboards, Phil Cranham Bass, Dave Early Drums and the veteran Rock Guitarist Bryan Godding. We were all in an aspiring Pop Band when this record was made and opened for ‘Chic’ on their first UK tour.
Image from the finale of the Marvel Comics series Daredevil: Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli's Born Again (1986).
Vi er Ida Løvheim og Johan Aarstein – to unge musikere som gjendikter og framfører Bob Dylans poesi på nordnorsk.
After Obama had taken oath for his first term (january 2009) he and Michelle were photographed Freewheelin'
Was this picture of James Dean (from the early fifties) the inspiration for the album cover shot?
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The cover of the 400th issue of Record Collector Magazine is a nice variation on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Bob Dylan is, along with Suze Rotolo, far left on the drawing of Jon & Simon Horner.
A combination of the images of Bob and Suze photoshopped into (onto?) the Abey Road cover
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The famous heart of Banglatown in East London, the street called ‘Brick Lane’ was immortalized in Monica Ali’s novel of the same name (and to a lesser extent by the uneven film adaptation).
The street lately has manifested a cultural identity beyond being a mostly Bengali populated avenue with great curry houses. There’s now apparently a thriving street art scene.
From the artist GUN (a person I know nothing about), notice Tesco and Sainsbury bags blowing in the wind (pun intended by me and the artist GUN).
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Throughout the years, Danish jazz has been blessed with a host of talented bassists such as Bo Stief, Jesper Lundgaard and Jesper Bodilsen, but one name, in particular, has reached across the country's borders and become synonymous with virtuosity and melodic invention. The late Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen was most famous, perhaps, for playing with Oscar Peterson and Ed Thigpen in what has to be one of the legendary pianist's most successful formations.
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It goes almost without saying that to reprise annually for 25 years an 8 hour festival dedicated to the music of a single individual, it takes an enduring, special body of work to draw from. Bob Dylan has found a canvas for his incomparable lyrics in many different styles of music: Folk, blues, country, R & B, rock, pop, gospel, Americana and lots of his songs cross genres. Almost every band can find a Dylan song that already complements their particular style.
But Dylanfest is also a grassroots operation. So what may be less clear to the casual observer is that it takes a special group of people to keep such a festival going for decades. The guest acts are all volunteers as are the staff.
For us, the personal interactions and the community which have blossomed over 25 years have become as important as the music.
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In 2004 Zimmy's, the Bob-Dylan-theme restaurant on 6th and Howard in Hibbing Minnesota had this postcard printed. Click to see the flipside
Found on Etsy: a beautiful piece of stained-glass artwork
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What if Bob Dylan had decided to become a full-time writer, and started to write books instead of song lyrics?
"Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."
Unfortunately both the coffee table and the cowboy boots are invisible on this picture.
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The Late Show has exclusive footage of the only person who could possibly help prepare Hillary Clinton to debate the many sides of Donald Trump.
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? is the second studio album by the English rock band Oasis, released on 2 October 1995 by Creation Records. It was produced by Owen Morris and the group's guitarist Noel Gallagher. The structure and arrangement style of the album were a significant departure from the group's previous record Definitely Maybe.
An absolute highlight of Sub Pop's golden age, this debut solo single by Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm is a merciless satire of Bob Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan LP, juxtaposing a fairly straightforward, if scabrous, version of the classic "Masters of War" with a hilarious sleeve parodying the original Freewheelin' cover, with Arm and an uncredited female companion walking down the street, well, arm in arm, each wearing military gas masks.
Dating from the beginning of Monet’s career, this view of a street in the old port of Honfleur is a relatively traditional subject painted with great simplicity and directness. Monet’s palette of pure, contrasting colors is a radical departure from the traditional practice of building up an overall tonality through delicate gradations of color.
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Go watch this movie!
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Unbeknownst to many of you Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo both had a small role (no text) in Belgian artist Marc Sleen's book "Operatie Ratsjenko" which is volume 139 of the Nero & Co series.
It's hard to believe, now that this African-American commercial folk duo have been virtually forgotten, but for a very brief time in the mid-'60s, Joe & Eddie were thought of as being at the fringe of the early folk-rock movement.
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Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin´ Drawing by: Andrés Quiñones Villablanca
This one's on the very edge... The inner sleeve of Sue Ann's debut album from 1981.
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Things must be getting serious in the Conservative Party's PR pod. As the Labour leader steals the "one nation" Toryism of Benjamin Disraeli the architects of this photograph have made their own daring leap in the dark to pose David Cameron as Bob Dylan on the cover of his radical 1963 record The Freewheelin' David Cameron, sorry, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.
Giuseppe De Nittis (1846–1884), Sunday in London (1878), oil on canvas, 116 x 80 cm, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan. Athenaeum.
This painting appears to be signed, but the date is unclear. It does seem to be attested as genuine in other sources.
Is there a Jones Street in Billund?
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There is no boyfriend in the cover picture to cuddle up to, unfortunately. The pose however is enough to make an entry on this page plausible.
Right at the time when cold winter months are coming, umamen favours us with an incredibly touching and warming brick-built version of the artwork for Bob Dylan’s 2nd album “Freewheelin”. I have no idea how he managed to enliven this handful of pieces, but the way Suze Rotolo’s figure clinges to Bob’s makes my heart melt every single time. The background is something that takes a moment to notice, but contributes to the whole.
Vi er Ida Løvheim og Johan Aarstein – to unge musikere som gjendikter og framfører Bob Dylans poesi på nordnorsk.
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This is obviously a Parody on Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory (which is inspired on Freewheelin'. Which makes this an album cover cover cover.
An album that only exists in th movies: “The Freewheelin’ Bob Roberts”: Bob Roberts Tim Robbins' directorial debut BOB ROBERTS (1992) also re-did Dylan on this and all of his conservative folk-singing Senate candidate characters' album covers that pop up throughout the splendid political satire. This one obviously skews Dylan's 1962 classic “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” but it edits the girl on the voice of a generation's arm for a guitar and replaces the aloof distant shoe-gazing with a stride of pride.
A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.
Dylan Collectors from all over the world travel to Jones street to have their picture taken at the very spot. Bill Hester and his wife Marilyn came all the way from New Zealand. Their daughter actually lives on Jones street (Bill is an administrator for this site).
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