Dylan At Proud Central

Before finding the Rankin installation on the South Bank I checked out the Bob Dylan exhibition at Proud Central, just behind The Strand. It’s well worth checking out if you’re a fan of Dylan or amazing photography, especially as it’s free. The photos were all taken between about 1965 & 1966 by Jerry Schatzberg and features some amazing images, many of which are now iconic: there are photos from the shoot for the cover of Dylan’s ground-breaking album Blonde On Blonde.

You can see most of the images on the Proud Gallery site (with the link above) but they’ve set it up so that you can’t copy the images which I guess I understand even if the only reason I wanted to use any of them was to promote the exhibition (and Thin Wild Mercury, the book which goes with it). However it’s hardly likely that anyone planning on buying one of the prints (they’re all on sale at the gallery) is going to change their mind because they discover that they can copy an image off the web and print it – after all if you’re prepared to pay between £1,000 & £20,000 for a photo (which is how much they’re going for) it seems unlikely that they’ll be bothered if an unsigned, low-quality version is available for free.

Whilst I’m on the subject of Bob Dylan I might as well remind you to check out the amazing version of Like A Rolling Stone from The Manchester Free Trade Hall back in 1966. It’s the version where a member of the audience famously called Dylan Judas, prompting Bob to put his heart & soul into an amazing version of the song. It makes up the closing sequence of Martin Scorcese’s excellent documentary No Direction Home (itself a lyric from Like A Rolling Stone).

Dylan graffiti image by BinaryApe on flickr.

Blonde On Blonde image from Wikipedia.

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