Wednesday 2 March 2016

Bob Dylan - Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan

The Night of the Hurricane benefit at Madison Square Garden, December 1975, where Muhammad Ali visited Dylan backstage and gave him a gift – a huge boxing glove. The show was to benefit the campaign for justice for Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the boxer wrongly convicted of murder in 1967

Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue

Monday 29 February

When Bob Dylan took his travelling caravan of musicians – among them Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn and Mick Ronson – out on the road in autumn 1975, the photographer Ken Regan was on hand to document it all. Now his revealing shots are published in Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan

At Gordon Lightfoot’s house in Toronto, with Lightfoot (left) and Roger McGuinn (right)

Examining a proof of a flyer for The Rolling Thunder Revue, during Regan’s first shoot in October 1975, at rehearsals in New York City

A backstage portrait of Dylan wearing white makeup. Regan recalled Dylan saying: ‘I want the people way in the back to be able to see my eyes’

Visiting the Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. It was here that Regan took a picture of the singer in a fur-collared coat, which would appear on the cover of the album Desire (Regan’s favourite Dylan album)

Dylan at the Sea Crest Motel in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. This is the first appearance on camera of his beagle. The motel was the Rolling Thunder band’s base and the indoor tennis court was converted into a rehearsal space for them

The Rolling Thunder Revue gets up close to the audience

Dylan in protective rainwear …

Backstage with violinist Scarlet Rivera

On stage with Scarlet Rivera and Roger McGuinn

In New Haven, Connecticut, Regan photographed Dylan in his dressing room. ‘He turned around and looked right at me. I caught his eye and asked him to hold it for a minute.’ Dylan later said this was the best photograph anyone took of him. The image was held back for 27 years, until it was used in 2002 on the cover of The Bootleg Series Vol 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue

Dylan in a clam bar in Plymouth, Massachusetts

The Rolling Thunder Revue in full flight. The tour, of two legs in autumn 1975 and spring 1976, totalled 57 shows.

With Patti Smith in New York City

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