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Bob Dylan Returns to the Spotlight

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Bob Dylan's album Highway 61 Revisited (1965, Columbia Records) is #4 according to Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

On the heels of Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday last week, we found just the way to celebrate the iconic singer and songwriter—and it’s perfectly legal. Taschen has just released a new collectible tome, “Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day,” a book of photography by famed lensman Daniel Kramer, available at Books & Books Bal Harbour. The Collector’s Edition is a limited run of 1,765 numbered copies, presented in a clamshell box with letterpress-printed chapter openers with tipped-in photographs and three foldouts. At nearly 300 pages, the book includes 200 images—many of which have never been published before.

Dylan and Kramer’s story began in 1964 at Woodstock where a young and camera shy Dylan was still uncomfortable in the spotlight. (Many a concertgoer has gotten to know the back of Dylan.) Yet, Kramer was persistent and having been granted extraordinary access to Dylan on tour, in concert, and backstage, over the course of a year and a day, compiled one of the most intimate and in depth portfolios of any recording artist. It also served as record of his breakthrough to superstardom.

The portfolio—which captures Dylan alongside his peers like Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Allen Ginsberg and Albert Grossman—was first released in 1967. It was rediscovered and curated anew by Taschen, including outtakes from the Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited album cover shoots, plus career-making moments like his concert at Forest Hills when Dylan switched to electric guitar.

“Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day,” is also available as two Art Editions of 100 copies, each signed by Daniel Kramer and with a signed and numbered gelatin silver print.

Available at Books & Books Bal Harbour.

All images © Daniel Kramer/courtesy of TASCHEN.


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