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.

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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


The artefacts

01 Sculpture

01 Sculpture

On the left corner of the mantlepiece is a sculpture. Possibly made of wood.

02 Clown

02 Clown

On the wall is a collage of a clown ("The Clown") by Dylan. (About to be discarded colored cut glass glued on clear glass. Given by Dylan to Bernard Paturel who ran Bernard's Cafe in Woodstock, and borrowed for the shoot).

03 Gnaoua

03 Gnaoua

A copy of GNAOUA - a book of exorcism and beat poetry edited by Ira Cohen published in Tangier 1964.

04 Labyrinths

04 Labyrinths

A copy of LABYRINTHS: Selected Stories & Other Writings - by Jorge Luis Borges.

05 A record by Lord Buckley

05 A record by Lord Buckley

A record by (comedian) Lord Buckley (The Best of Lord Buckley)

06 A 19th Century portrait

06 A 19th Century portrait

A 19th Century portrait that came (to the Grossmans) with the house from the original owners

07 Another Side Of Bob Dylan

07 Another Side Of Bob Dylan

Sally Grossman holding a cigarette. On her right is the album: Another Side of Bob Dylan.

08 Tambourine

08 Tambourine

On the left of Sally is (obscured) a tambourine.

09 Time Magazine

09 Time Magazine

A copy of "Time" Magazine featuring Lyndon Johnson as "Man of the Year. (Jan 1, 1965 issue)

10 A fallout shelter sign

10 A fallout shelter sign

a yellow fallout shelter sign ("capacity 80")

11 A black-and-white pamphlet

11 A black-and-white pamphlet

A black-and-white pamphlet: LIFE WAS NOT ALWAYS A TRAGEDY

12 The I Ching or Book of Changes

12 The I Ching or Book of Changes

A book: The I Ching or Book of Changes edited by Hellmut Wilhelm, Translated by Cary F. Baynes

13 A magazine

13 A magazine

On Dylan's knee is a magazine. We see on the back page an advertisement for Jean Harlow - life story by Louella Parsons.

14 Cufflinks

14 Cufflinks

Dylan is wearing lavender cufflinks given to him by Joan Baez. She referenced them in her song "Diamonds and Rust" - "Ten years ago I bought you some cufflinks."

15 Lord Growing

15 Lord Growing

Bob Dylan holding the Grossman's small kitten, supposedly named Lord Growing

16 The Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt

16 The Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt

The record: The Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt (Dylan later uses a similar pose on the Nashville Skyline cover. (He met "Ric Von Schmidt in the "green pastures of Harvard University")

17 Lotte Lenya sings Berlin Theater songs by Kurt Weill.

17 Lotte Lenya sings Berlin Theater songs by Kurt Weill.

The record: Lotte Lenya sings Berlin Theater songs by Kurt Weill.

18 Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Singers

18 Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Singers

The record: Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Singers

19 Ravi Shankar - India's Master Musician

19 Ravi Shankar - India's Master Musician

The record Ravi Shankar - India's Master Musician (largely hidden - a white cover with black starburst)

20 The Impressions - Keep on Pushing

20 The Impressions - Keep on Pushing

The record: The Impressions - Keep on Pushing


The Set

Room, Mantlepiece and Couch

Room, Mantlepiece and Couch

The actual location, with the actual couch, photo taken over 50 years later. (Photo above by Woodstock native Dylan McNamara; art direction by Steve Keoster)

Room, Mantlepiece, Couch + Cover

Room, Mantlepiece, Couch + Cover

Superimposed into a PopSpot. (Photo above by Woodstock native Dylan McNamara; art direction by Steve Keoster)

Dylan watching Dean Martin on TV

Dylan watching Dean Martin on TV

The room in the final shot above is where Dylan was photographed once watching Dean Martin on TV. (thanks Marie Fotini for this.)

How Kramer created the circular effect

How Kramer created the circular effect

Here's how Kramer says how and why he created the circular yellow halo effect halo effect in the photo.

(from p.223 of Dylan: Visions, Portraits, and Back Pages (2005, DK Publishing, NYC, USA, ) by the editors of Mojo Magazine.)

 


Outtakes

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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.

12 The I Ching or Book of Changes

12 The I Ching or Book of Changes

A book: The I Ching or Book of Changes edited by Hellmut Wilhelm, Translated by Cary F. Baynes

21 Breakfast at Tiffany's

21 Breakfast at Tiffany's

A paperback book: Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

22 How to Clean Everything

22 How to Clean Everything

A paperback book: How to Clean Everything - by Alma Chesnut Moore (1964)

23 Francoise Hardy's first record (1962)

23 Francoise Hardy's first record (1962) "J'Suis D'accord"

A 7-inch EP record of of Francoise Hardy's first record (1962) "J'Suis D'accord"


Bringing It All Back Home Cover Posers

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We have found many examples of people that took Kramer's iconic cover as an example for their own artwork:

All Time is Now

All Time is Now

All Time is Now - a radio show on the worldwide internet radio station Indie 103.1 presented by DJ Shark. Each episode has two parts - 'Hour One' and 'Side B' and each is publicised on the website by an edited vinyl album cover which features one of the artists played on the show.

Episode #79, Side B, featured 'She Belongs To Me' from 'Bringing It All Back Home' by Bob Dylan. That is why they used the album cover.

And The Times They Were A-Changin'

And The Times They Were A-Changin'

"A collection of various artists doing songs by Bob Dylan. Cleverly re-posed cover photo recreates the Bringing It Back Home cover, except now there's Mojo magazine in view and Dylan is a lookalike. Sleeve notes are by Greil Marcus, though he only focuses on Hendrix, The Neville Brothers and Bryan Ferry. The CD contains "Tears of Rage" by The Band (which is of course Dylan / Manuel, not just Dylan.)

"Peter Viney, January 1998 

And The Times They Were A-Changin' (alternative)

And The Times They Were A-Changin' (alternative)

Expecting Rain Dylan covers.

Alternate cover was used after copyright issues with the original.

Arie de Reus & Daughter Marieke

Arie de Reus & Daughter Marieke

Arie de Reus, daughter Marieke and cat in 1986. Both of them haven't aged much. Maybe Marieke is a bit taller.
Arie did a lot of the original research for this collection and adds to this website.

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.

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.

Christiane Rösinger ‎– Songs Of L. And Hate

Christiane Rösinger ‎– Songs Of L. And Hate

"Die Worte werden lauter, Gitarre und Schlagzeug schrauben sich ins Stakkatohafte, dann tritt ein sehr bärtiger junger Mann hinzu und beendet mit einer dylanartig lärmenden Mundharmonika-Einlage das Lamento."

"Words are loud, the guitar and drums screw themselves in, staccato-like, then there is the addition of a very bearded young man, and finished with a Dylanesque raucous harmonica break in lamentation."

Artwork [Cover] by Daniela Burger.

Found on Etsy

Found on Etsy

We found this on Etsy, here

Is it Rolling, Bob? Dub Versions: Visions Of Jamaica

Is it Rolling, Bob? Dub Versions: Visions Of Jamaica

Dub mixes by Doctor Dread at Lion and Fox Recording Studios

All tracks recorded at Anchor Studio Kingston , Jamaica on June 3, 4 and 5, 2003 except "I and I"
Recording engineers: Fatta, Dr. Marshall, Nigel Burrell, Jim Fox, Derek Litchmore, Dwight “Fudgie” Dias, Tixie, Jim Gately, Greg Lidanyi
Mastered by Jim Fox at Lion and Fox
Art Direction by Geoff Gans (of Westchester)

RAS Records / Sanctuary Records (RAS 06076-89943-2)
Cover Painting by Eric White (a painter living in Brooklyn).
Release Date 19 April 2005

Is it Rolling, Bob?: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan

Is it Rolling, Bob?: A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan

All tracks recorded at Anchor Studio Kingston , Jamaica on June 3, 4 and 5, 2003
except “Gotta Serve Somebody” recorded at Reel to Reel Studio (Blacksburg, VA)
Thanks to Joe and Rick (engineers) and a special thanks to Nate
and except "I and I"
Recording engineers: Fatta, Dr. Marshall, Nigel Burrell, Jim Fox, Derek Litchmore, Dwight “Fudgie” Dias, Tixie, Jim Gately, Greg Lidanyi
Mixed by Jim Fox and Doctor Dread at Lion and Fox Recording Studio, USA.
Dubs mixed by Doctor Dread at Lion and Fox.
Mastered by Michael Caplan at Lion and Fox.

RAS Records / Sanctuary Records (RAS 06076-89914-2, on CD and Vinyl (4 sides) 2004)Art Direction by Geoff Gans (of Westchester).
Bar code: 060768991422
Initial pressings included a bonus CD featuring 8 dub mixes.

Jack & Amanda Palmer – You Got Me Singing

Jack & Amanda Palmer – You Got Me Singing

It’s a record of twelve cover songs made by Amanda Palmer and her dad, Jack Palmer. it’s available on bandcamp for $1, which is super cheap, and about 99¢ of that $1 goes to paying the songwriting royalties to the original artists.
it’s able to be that cheap because this project was supported and paid for by almost 8,000 people on patreon. If you are reading this and you’re one of those patrons: THANK YOU. this happened with your money, and we love you.

If you haven’t yet joined the patreon, please do. It’s revolutionary for Amanda to be able to work this freely, and the patreon is making it possible.

I you want physical copies, order here. we have eco-friendly CDs and 180-gram Black Vinyl waiting for you. you can also find it on your preferred streaming.

Japanese Magazine

Japanese Magazine

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

King Blank - The Real Dirt

King Blank - The Real Dirt

"Going out on his own under the King Blank moniker, Lowery continued his wicked ways on the three-track Mouth Off, featuring the input of Screaming Blue Messiahs honcho Bill Carter, who produced and played on one song and co-wrote two. With the Messiahs backing him on the title track, Lowery seems newly dangerous, even throwing in a good imitation of a shivering fit.

"Lowery then assembled some sympathetic sidemen and turned King Blank into a real band. Mimicking Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home on the cover of The Real Dirt, Lowery broadened his range without any reduction in arrogance. Thanks to his versatile sidemen, he's able to touch on rockabilly, woozy ballads, vicious boogie, a chugging throwback to the Velvet Underground ("Uptight"), even bogus country music ("Bulletproof t," as in crucifix). Nasty and delectable."

Lou Reed, Get Crazy (1983)

Lou Reed, Get Crazy (1983)

A movie about a rock club in financial difficulties. Lou Reed plays Auden, a singer-songwriter with a bad case of writer's block.

"He’s introduced in a visual parody of Bob Dylan’s Bringing it All Back Home LP and then spends most of his screen time confined to the back of a taxi cab that careens around New York while Lou nonchalantly strums a guitar and mutters."

Painting by Tony Kendrick

Painting by Tony Kendrick

Tony Kenwright worked as a press photographer for over 20 years. Six years ago he left a staff job with the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo to turn his hand to art. Visit his website.

Ray D'Ariano - Are You On Something?

Ray D'Ariano - Are You On Something?

Ray D'Ariano talking about his 'comedy album':

"The Cover is my favorite part of the project. Here’s a bit from a review of Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Volume One that explains how that came to be:

"“In the early 70's I was in my early 20's. The last thing in the world I ever wanted was for Bob Dylan to sue me. I don't know whose idea that was.

"What I do recall is this, Bob Gruen took my photograph hanging out, surrounded by all kinds of clutter; beer cans, a small stash, a kitsch pillow from Niagara Falls, Sarah Lee chocolate cake, a slinky, transistor radio, all kinds of clutter. It was supposed to be some kind of visual interpretation of what was going on in my head, a what makes this guy tick kind of thing. I mean, that was the concept. No one was thinking Dylan parody, not that night anyway."

Karma Sutra label, 1972

Sally Grossman

Sally Grossman

Sally Grossman photographed in the same spot, in 2005. It looks like the same set of candlesticks on the far ends from the original shoot.

Stunden Mit Musik Geniessen

Stunden Mit Musik Geniessen

Stunden Mit Musik Geniessen (Germany, 1972)

An eclectic sampler with a highly varied range of performers.

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Dutch Version

Subterranean Homesick Blues - Dutch Version

The Dutch version of Bringing It All Back Home has the title Subterranean Homesick Blues

Things That Never Added Up to Me - Al Grierson

Things That Never Added Up to Me - Al Grierson

This contemporary folk album nods its head to Bob Dylan with more than just the cover art.

Quotes taken from a review of the album:

"On his first release, "Things That Never Added Up To Me," Grierson provides a wry touch of humor with "Sunday Way Up Yonder." Suffice it to say that God's golfing divots can create some rather weighty and celestial concerns. "Dust-Bowl Don Quixote" is a wistful nod towards Woody Guthrie, among others."

"A la Bob Dylan's "Forever Young," the prayerful and wishful elegance of "'Til the Circle Is Complete" closes out the release and offers a compendium of wishes and hopes for the future."

""Jesus Loves The Working Folks" is a half-sung, half-spoken, Dylanesque-type talking blues tune."

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