The second studio album from Mr Zimmerman, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ was released in 1963. Taken cues from stories of the time focusing on civil rights Dylan uses the album to wiled his own lyrics to the traditional folk tunes, departing from his first album which was mainly cover versions.
Kicking of with his take on the Peter,Paul and Mary hit ‘Blowin In The Wind‘ the album includes some of his finest and well known songs. “Girl from the North Country”, “Masters of War“, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” have all earned places in the music hall fame, the album took Dylan into the position of a spokesperson for the generation.
Promoting the album with radio and concert appearances he turned up at Monterey Folk Festival and duetted with Joan Baez, who at the height of her fame added extra prominence to Bob Dylan’s name and songs. It also heralded the start of their romance, which became one of the most celebrated love affairs of the era.
The album cover features a photograph of Dylan with Suze Rotolo, taken by Don Hunstein at the corner of Jones Street and West 4th Street in the West Village, New York City, close to the apartment where the couple lived at the time. Dylan later acknowledged her strong influence on his music and art during that period. The iconic image has been parodied and honoured in many a fashion and here’s my own addition to that list.