Bob Dylan, Saturday Evening Post I, New York, 1966
© Jerry Schatzberg

Bob Dylan, Saturday Evening Post I, New York, 1966

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By Jerry Schatzberg
About the image
This profile image of Bob Dylan smoking a cigarette on a Manhattan street was published on the front cover of the July 30, 1966 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. The article was titled "Bob Dylan: Rebel King of Rock 'n' Roll" and gave a rough account of his life and career to that point. In true poetic fashion, in the article Dylan is quoted describing himself, saying "I see things that other people don't see. I feel things people don't feel, it's terrible." 

Remarkably, this issue came out the day after Dylan's infamous motorcycle accident - about which there was very little news at the time - and which has remained a bit of a "lost era" in the annals of Rock History. This was also about a month following the release of the extraordinary double-album Blonde on Blonde for which Jerry Schatzberg also shot the cover image. It is likely these photographs were taken around the same time earlier that year. Dylan also selected a number of Schatzbergs other photographs of him for the inside gatefold, 10 all together.

In the 1960s, The Saturday Evening Post featured three iconic covers by Jerry Schatzberg: Sonny and Cher on April 23, 1966, the classic photo of Bob Dylan on July 30, 1966, and a stunning black and white portrait of Faye Dunaway that appeared on the September 7, 1968. Schtazberg told Rolling Stone Magazine in 2018, “I took him near the Brooklyn Bridge for it, I liked shooting in downtown Manhattan. This became the cover of the new book.” 

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Bob Dylan, Saturday Evening Post I, New York, 1966
Bob Dylan, Saturday Evening Post I, New York, 1966