Secrets of Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde album cover revealed

Photographer Jerry Schatzberg says it's all about the weather...

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In a new mini-documentary, photographer Jerry Schatzberg has shed light on the photograph for Bob Dylan‘s Blonde On Blonde cover.

The documentary is the third and final in a series assembled by PopSpots founder Bob Egan on the covers for Dylan’s albums, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde – released to compliment the latest installment in Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series, The Cutting Edge 1965–1966.

The front sleeve showing a blurred image of Dylan standing against a brick wall background.


In the interview, Schatzberg claimed that the blurriness of the image wasn’t intentional but was instead due to him shivering from the cold weather.

“It was pretty cold out,” Schatzberg says in the video below. “I know all the critics, everybody said ‘Oh, they were trying to do a drug shot’. It’s not true. It was February, [Dylan] was wearing just that jacket, and I was wearing something similar, and the two of us were really cold.”

Of the decision to use the blurred image, Schatzberg added: “To his credit, [Dylan]’s the one that chose that photograph.”

You can watch the installment on the Bringing It All Back Home cover by clicking here.

And you can read our preview of Dylan’s latest archival haul, The Cutting Edge 1965 – 1966, by clicking here.


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