Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde Album Cover, NYC, 1966
© Jerry Schatzberg

Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde Album Cover, NYC, 1966

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By Jerry Schatzberg
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Jerry Schatzberg's striking color portrait of Bob Dylan was the cover of his now-immortal 1966 album, Blonde On Blonde. Reportedly, the album's title was inspired from Dylan's friendship with Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and his then-girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg.

'I wanted to find an interesting location out of the studio. We went to the west side, where the Chelsea Art galleries are now. At the time it was the meat-packing district of New York and I liked the look of it. It was freezing and I was very cold. The frame he chose for the cover is blurred and out of focus. Of course everyone was trying to interpret the meaning, saying it must represent getting high or an LSD trip. It was none of the above; we were just cold and the two of us were shivering. There were other images that were sharp and in focus, but to his credit, Dylan liked that photograph.'

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Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde Album Cover, NYC, 1966
Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde Album Cover, NYC, 1966

 
 
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