Monday, 16 May 2016

Moments in Time - Freewheelin’ Down Jones Street

Look familiar? ... Erm, yeah ... kinda!

And so it should! Just imagine some vintage vehicles, shitloads of snow and a young cold, loping, would-be bard huddling with a flame-haired beauty!

Yap, it's the seting for the seminal cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - more on which here

The cover features a wonderful candid and intimate shot of His Bobness and then paramour Suze Rotolo, arm in arm - the very epitome of love - alone in a deserted street of a wintry Greenwich village in the Spring of '63. One of the simplest, spontaneous and most enduring pieces of cover art out there.

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The Village and East Village have long been the home of music-makers and music venues; their streets and sites on more than one occasion the inspiration for song-writers and the subject of many a song line.

But perhaps nothing has imprinted an image of these neighborhoods in the popular music-consuming consciousness in the same way as their depiction on the cover of record albums. And some of the most iconic album covers of the last few generations were shot in the Village and East Village.

As mentioned in a prior post marking the death of Suze Rotolo, the cover of the epoch-making album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was shot at the head of one-block long Jones Street in the South (some might say West) Village. Recently landmarked after several years of agitation by GVSHP and a broad coalition of community groups, Jones Street today looks not much different than it did in 1963, the main difference being the addition of street trees some time in the last forty-eight years.

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