Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day

Charlotte Jansen (AnOther) on a new book of photographs by Daniel Kramer

In 1964, American photographer Daniel Kramer met a little-known 23-year-old singer and songwriter from Minnesota. His name was Bob Dylan. “I certainly never imagined the extent to which we would work together that year,” Kramer says, “let alone the impact the year of work would have for both of us.” From 1964 to 1965, Kramer would photograph Dylan extensively – and it was during that time that the musician would first synthesise acoustic folk and blues to rock pop, producing what is widely regarded as his most original and influential body of work. The songs he made in that period, from It Ain’t Me Babe to Mr Tambourine Man, would change the course of pop music forever, and go on to inspire countless musicians for decades to come, from John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Neil Young to Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Patti Smith.


Kramer would document some of the defining moments in contemporary music history: he was present, for example, at Dylan’s Forest Hills Stadium concert in Queens, New York, attended by 14,000 people – his first performance after his divisive Newport Folk Festival appearance earlier that year, when he played an electric set for the first time and was booed off stage. “It would culminate in what he had been doing with his music for the past half year,” Kramer reflects. “We were about to get the big bang.” [Read More]

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