WATCH: “Blonde on Blonde” Photographer Tells the Story of Shooting Dylan in New Mini-Doc

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Filmmaker and photographer Jerry Schatzberg shot ’em all in the ’60s, capturing iconic images of Nico, Hendrix, Zappa, and that ridiculous snap of The Stones in drag, just to cherry pick a few. But his most famous subject was Bob Dylan, and his most famous Dylan shot is the smokey centerfold cover of Blonde on Blonde. (What? You don’t have it? That is perverse.)

All—and I mean all—musical aspects of that album, Bringing It All Back Home, and Highway 61 Revisited are being compiled and released in the latest Bootleg Series offering, but in conjunction with the release, Dylan’s camp has been busy with some visual treats as well. Last week, they shared a well-done shapeshifting mix of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” set to unreleased footage from D. A. Pennebaker’s proto–MTV promo video, and over the last month or so, they’ve shared a mini-documentary video series recounting the stories of the relevant album covers.

In the first two installments, Daniel Kramer revealed some interesting tidbits about his covers for BIABH and Highway 61 (he recalls that the specific shot used on the former album was chosen because it was “the only one in which the cat was looking at the lens”), and for Blonde on Blonde, Schatzberg returned to the Meatpacking District in New York to try and find the exact location of the original shoot. You can watch him for yourself below.

The Cutting Edge 1965–1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 is out November 6.

(via Rolling Stone)


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