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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!

Freewheelin flat1Rotolo’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.

Vanilla Sky Tom Cruise Penelope Cruz Freewheelin Bob Dylan album cover

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.

jimmie johnson settingJimmie Johnson often left his NASCAR competition blowin' in the wind, which makes his appearance in ESPN The Magazine somewhat fitting. (Photo: Courtesy ESPN)

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).

outfit

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

 

Beck - Harold Sakuishi

Beck - Harold Sakuishi

In the manga Beck - Volume 15 (Sakuishi, Delcourt), Harold Sakuishi parodies the cover of the album The Freewheelin 'Bob Dylan on the introduction page of Chapter 2 of his comic. Here, Bob Dylan is replaced by Tanaka Yukio Koyuki alias, and Suze Rotolo by Maho Minami.

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Record Collector's 400th issue

Record Collector's 400th issue

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.

The Freewheelin' Penguin paperbacks

The Freewheelin' Penguin paperbacks

What if Bob Dylan had decided to become a full-time writer, and started to write books instead of song lyrics?

 

Buena Vista Social Club - At Carnegie Hall

Buena Vista Social Club - At Carnegie Hall

Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall is a live double album by Buena Vista Social Club and producer Ry Cooder, performed at Carnegie Hall on July 1, 1998, but released over ten years later on October 13, 2008.

Freewheelin' Drawing

Freewheelin' Drawing

Found on Etsy

Andrew's Bob and Suze

Andrew's Bob and Suze

Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin´ Drawing by: Andrés Quiñones Villablanca

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Freewheelin" Stained Glass

Found on Etsy: a beautiful piece of stained-glass artwork

The Freewheelin' Wedding Invitations

The Freewheelin' Wedding Invitations

The Freewheelin' cover has been an inspiration vor many wedding invitations. A Google query gives lots of examples

The Freewheelin' James Dean

The Freewheelin' James Dean

Was this picture of James Dean (from the early fifties) the inspirating for the album cover shot?

Bob Dylan På Nordnorsk - Ida Løvheim og Johan Aarstein

Bob Dylan På Nordnorsk - Ida Løvheim og Johan Aarstein

Vi er Ida Løvheim og Johan Aarstein – to unge musikere som gjendikter og framfører Bob Dylans poesi på nordnorsk.

The Freewheelin' Dots

The Freewheelin' Dots

As Dots (Free Wheelin With Bob Dylan)

Street Art by GUN

Street Art by GUN

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).

Courtesy: All Dylan – A Bob Dylan blog

Chemical Brothers

Chemical Brothers

The former Dust Brothers make oblique reference to litigation averted on their debut full-length. The Chemical Brothers' sound is big on bombast, replete with screeching guitar samples and lots of sirens and screaming divas. A breakthrough album of sorts, Exit Planet Dust was, upon its release, one of the few European post-techno albums to make any sort of headway into the stateside market.

Painted replica

Painted replica

Found on Pinterest

Anders Christensen - Dear Someone

Anders Christensen - Dear Someone

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.

The Freewheelin' Donald Trump

The Freewheelin' Donald Trump

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 - Oasis

(What's The Story) Morning Glory - Oasis

(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.

Sue Ann - Sue Ann

Sue Ann - Sue Ann

This one's on the very edge... The inner sleeve of Sue Ann's debut album from 1981.

Judy Collins Sings Dylan, Just Like A Woman

Judy Collins Sings Dylan, Just Like A Woman

Judy's cover album for Geffen is one of those why-didn't-we-think-of-that-before projects; 11 Dylan classics interpreted sensitively and sweetly.
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.

The Freewheelin' T-shirt

The Freewheelin' T-shirt

One of the best album covers ever deserved a t-shirt. This watercolor drawing pays tribute to The Freewheelin Bob Dylan (1963), second record of rocks major poet.
Check out here!

The Freewheelin' - Nascar Driver Jimmie Johnson

The Freewheelin' - Nascar Driver Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra as Bob Dylan-Freewheelin'. Photographer Matthias Clamer. Shot 1/28/13 NYC.

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Bob Dylan På Nordnorsk (poster) - Ida Løvheim og Johan Aarstein

Bob Dylan På Nordnorsk (poster) - Ida Løvheim og Johan Aarstein

Vi er Ida Løvheim og Johan Aarstein – to unge musikere som gjendikter og framfører Bob Dylans poesi på nordnorsk.

The Freewheelin' David Cameron

The Freewheelin' David Cameron

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.

Diaframma - Anni Luce

Diaframma - Anni Luce

Anni Luce is the title of the 1992 album by Italian new wave band Diaframma. The cover photo shows the band’s frontman, singer/guitarist Federico Fiumani with a girlfriend.

The Freewheelin' - Bob Roberts

The Freewheelin' - Bob Roberts

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.

Another painted replica

Another painted replica

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Early Days - Chris Hunter

Early Days - Chris Hunter

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.

Heute So - Roberto Blanco

Heute So - Roberto Blanco

In 1969, Blanco won the German "Schlager-Festspiele" with his song "Heute so, morgen so" (Today Like This, Tomorrow Like This). Following that, Blanco recorded a number of hit albums. His music career peaked in 1972 with "Ein bisschen Spass muss sein" (A Little Fun Is Mandatory) and "Der Puppenspieler von Mexiko" (The Puppeteer of Mexico).

Politico - New York

Politico - New York

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.

Walkin' Down The Line - Joe & Eddie

Walkin' Down The Line - Joe & Eddie

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.

The Freewheelin' - Steve Earle

The Freewheelin' - Steve Earle

"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.

Giuseppe De Nittis - London series

Giuseppe De Nittis - London series

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.

The Freewheelin' - Scott Pilgrim

The Freewheelin' - Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim is a series of graphic stories by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The series is about Canadian Scott Pilgrim, a slacker and part-time musician who lives in Toronto and plays bass guitar in the band Sex Bob-Omb. He falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona Flowers, but must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her.

The Freewheelin' Bob & Frank

The Freewheelin' Bob & Frank

Found on Facebook somewhere. Information needed

The Freewheelin' Lego puppets

The Freewheelin' Lego puppets

Is there a Jones Street in Billund?

Japanese Book cover

Japanese Book cover

Found on Pinterest

Star Wars - A New Hope?

Star Wars - A New Hope?

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.

The Freewheelin Abbey Road

The Freewheelin Abbey Road

A combination of the images of Bob and Suze photoshopped into (onto?) the Abey Road cover

The Freewheelin' - Barack Obama

The Freewheelin' - Barack Obama

After Obama had taken oath for his first term (january 2009) he and Michelle were photographed Freewheelin'

Marc Sleen

Marc Sleen

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.

The Freewheelin' Bill and Marilyn

The Freewheelin' Bill and Marilyn

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).

New Adventures With The Eighth Doctor (Titan Comics).

New Adventures With The Eighth Doctor (Titan Comics).

Paintings coming to life is as good a start as any and Mann connects it well to that central mystery about Josie. As we discover (and yes, I’m writing this after reading all five issues) (twice!), Josie knows full well why she has all the knowledge that troubles him and in re-reading the issue, we can already see Mann layering in that she’s hiding something, providing lame excuses but doesn’t overplay his hand, aided by Emma Vieceli’s superb characterisation of her face which manages to capture the double meaning of the words so that can read something new into everything in hindsight. Mann notably doesn’t feel the need to reintroduce Eighth, treating him as being as much of a known quantity as any of his other incarnations. Although he’s not sequelising the cross-media legacy exactly, he is at least acknowledging it.

Andy Hill & Renee Safier - 20th dylanfest poster

Andy Hill & Renee Safier - 20th dylanfest poster

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.

LEGO “Freewheelin” album cover is as heartwarming as the original

LEGO “Freewheelin” album cover is as heartwarming as the original

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.

The Freewheelin' - Mark Arm

The Freewheelin' - Mark Arm

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.

Claude Monet - The La Rue Bavolle

Claude Monet - The La Rue Bavolle

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.

Coming Back to You - Melinda Doolittle

Coming Back to You - Melinda Doolittle

Melinda Marie Doolittle (born October 6, 1977) is an American singer who finished as the third place finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. 

The Freewheelinn Daredevil

The Freewheelinn Daredevil

Image from the finale of the Marvel Comics series Daredevil: Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli's Born Again (1986).

Tic

Tic

Cover of an Italian Comic book, February 1989

Dylan and Suze on Howard Street

Dylan and Suze on Howard Street

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

 
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