Bringing It All Back Home Uncovered
The Bringing It All Back Home album cover, photographed by Daniel Kramer, with Dylan and Sally Grossman, the wife of his then manager, Albert Grossman. The photo was taken in the Grossman house in Bearsville, New York, the town next to Woodstock, New York. Dylan had stayed extensively on the Grossman estate.
The album's cover features Sally Grossman (wife of Dylan's manager Albert Grossman) lounging in the background. There are also artifacts scattered around the room, including LPs by The Impressions (Keep on Pushing), Robert Johnson (King of the Delta Blues Singers), Ravi Shankar (India's Master Musician), Lotte Lenya (Sings Berlin Theatre Songs by Kurt Weill) and Eric Von Schmidt (The Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt). Dylan had "met" Schmidt "one day in the green pastures of Harvard University" and would later mimic his album cover pose (tipping his hat) for his own Nashville Skyline four years later. A further record, Françoise Hardy's EP J'suis D'accord was on the floor near Dylan's feet but can only be seen in other shots from the same photo session.
Kramer has said of the concept: "I wanted it to feel like the universe was moving around him."
Visible behind Grossman is the top of Dylan's head from the cover of Another Side of Bob Dylan; under her right arm is the magazine Time with President Lyndon B. Johnson on the cover of the January 1, 1965 issue. There is a harmonica resting on a table with a fallout shelter (capacity 80) sign leaning against it. Above the fireplace on the mantle directly to the left of the painting is the Lord Buckley album The Best of Lord Buckley. Next to Lord Buckley is a copy of GNAOUA, a magazine devoted to exorcism and Beat Generation poetry edited by poet Ira Cohen, and a glass collage by Dylan called 'The Clown' made for Bernard Paturel from colored glass Bernard was about to discard.
Dylan sits forward holding the kitten of the Grossman's and has an opened magazine featuring an advertisement on Jean Harlow's Life Story by the columnist Louella Parsons resting on his crossed leg. The cufflinks Dylan wore in the picture were a gift from Joan Baez, as she later referenced in her 1975 song "Diamonds & Rust".
Bob Egan of PopSpots has done a jawdropping research on Daniel Kramers' making of the picture and all the artefacts which are used. His amazing article can be read on his website. About half the text here is courtesy of Bob Egan (the other half is from Wikipedia). Thanks also: Arie de Reus, Hans Bosch
Daniel Kramer shot 10 photo's in the session. A few of them can be found through Google in various formats and quality. One of them is shown above (click the photo for a pop-up). Not visible on the official photo but clearly on this one (see enlargement) are the extra artifacts.
Bringing It All Back Home Cover Posers
Did Daniel Kramer came up with the idea himself or did he came accross this picture of Queen Marie of Romania (Marie Alexandra Victoria, previously Princess Marie of Edinburgh; 29 October 1875 – 18 July 1938) was Queen consort of Romania from 1914 to 1927, as the wife of Ferdinand of Romania. She was called Missy by her family.
We have found many examples of people that took Kramer's iconic cover as an example for their own artwork: