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Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue by Ken Regan, an exhibition of photographs, including rare and unseen images, from the Rolling Thunder Revue, is currently in Dublin. (I hope to see it while I'm there tomorrow.)

Images include, of course, the first meetings between Bob and Springsteen and between Bob and Muhammad Ali; Bob posing with Rubin Carter; Bob at a Rolling Stones party with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; and Bob with Joan Baez. The exhibition runs until July 1 at:

Gallery Number One
1 Castle Street
Dublin 2
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm

As it says in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, "Ken Regan was born in the Bronx in the 1950s [he wasn't very co-operative about being more precise on that date], grew up there, studied journalism at Columbia and then attended New York University's Film School. His first photography work was in sports, selling a wide range of pictures including of tennis, boxing, athletics, basketball, auto racing, hockey and football to the usual heavyweight suspects: Time, Life, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.

"In the 1970s, he founded the Camera 5 photo agency, to represent himself and 14 others. Since then he has specialised in politics and hard news all over the world - riots, demonstrations, wars, Vietnam Vets, gold mining in Brazil, famine in Ethiopia, the Kennedy family - but also in stills for Hollywood movies. In 1971 he was the principal official photographer at GEORGE HARRISON’s Concert for Bangla Desh and, 14 years on, at LIVE AID.

"All Regan’s work in music, he says, came from promoter Bill Graham having taken him under his wing, including meeting Dylan. The two first met informally at JOHNNY CASH’s house in 1972-73, but the meeting that clinched his work with Dylan came during the 1974 comeback tour with THE BAND.

"It was a fruitful meeting - for it was Regan’s photographs of the 1970s Bob Dylan, more than anyone else’s, that created the quintessential image most people have of him in that decade. All those utterly beautiful shots of him from the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue and on the sets, therefore, of Renaldo & Clara: the shot with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, the shots with ALLEN GINSBERG, with JONI MITCHELL, with MUHAMMAD ALI, the covers of the Desire and Hard Rain albums, almost all the generous sweep of pictures in SAM SHEPARD’s Rolling Thunder Logbook, every picture in the lavish booklet with The Bootleg Series Vol.5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 (2002) . . . all Ken Regan’s. And you can buy a gelatin print of any one of them for an average of only $1,700."


Anonymous Jake said...

It's unrelated to this post but I was listening to the ever-excellent Word magazine's latest weekly podcast today and they mentioned Al Kooper's way of dismissing other peoples' stories from the sixties/ false memory syndrome etc. It put me in mind of the rather entertaining debate on here a while back! Still, all in the past now...

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