"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"

In part two of my series of Best Photographed Albums, I look into Bob Dylan's, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan".

The album cover features a photograph of Dylan with Suze Rotolo. It was taken in February 1963—a few weeks after Rotolo had returned from Italy—by CBS staff photographer 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. In 2008, Rotolo described the circumstances surrounding the famous photo to The New York Times: "He wore a very thin jacket, because image was all. Our apartment was always cold, so I had a sweater on, plus I borrowed one of his big, bulky sweaters. On top of that I put on a coat. So I felt like an Italian sausage. Every time I look at that picture, I think I look fat."

In her memoir, "A Freewheelin' Time", Rotolo analyzed the significance of the cover art:

"It is one of those cultural markers that influenced the look of album covers precisely because of its casual down-home spontaneity and sensibility. Most album covers were carefully staged and controlled, to terrific effect on the Blue Note jazz album covers ... and to not-so great-effect on the perfectly posed and clean-cut pop and folk albums. Whoever was responsible for choosing that particular photograph for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan really had an eye for a new look."

The album cover has been emulated by hundreds of couples, including in the 2001 Tom Cruise film "Vanilla Sky".


1. Blowin’ In The Wind

2. Girl From The North Country

3. Masters Of War

4. Down The Highway

5. Bob Dylan’s Blues

6. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

7. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

8. Bob Dylan’s Dream

9. Oxford Town

10. Talkin’ World War III Blues

11. Corrina, Corrina

12. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance

13. I Shall Be Free

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