Access All Areas: Brilliant Pictures Of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue

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100 things we love right now #86
In White face, backstage portrait with cup and bucket.  C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

In White face, backstage portrait with cup and bucket.  C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

“Bob had given me free rein to shoot it all—onstage, offstage, dressing rooms, parties, trailers, whatever was going on.” 

If you get a 3am phonecall from Bob Dylan offering you a job, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were still in the depths of a dream. Thankfully for Ken Regan it was all real, and Bob was asking Ken to be the exclusive photographer on the Rolling Thunder Revue tour.

Party in Greenwich Village where Ken takes a famous series of  photographs of Patti Smith and Bob Dylan in animated discussion  on the stairs.  C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

Party in Greenwich Village where Ken takes a famous series of photographs of Patti Smith and Bob Dylan in animated discussion on the stairs.  C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

The tour would be spread over two jaunts in autumn 1975 and spring 1976- the two legs being separated by the release of Dylan’s album Desire in January. That release came on the heels of Blood On The Tracks and The Basement Tapes, with the three comprising Bob’s second great period and silencing anyone who'd ever doubted the great man. 

Bob Dylan performing.  C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

Bob Dylan performing.  C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

The tour had a revolving revue of players, with the likes of Joan Baez, Roger Mcguinn, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Joni Mitchell and T.Bone Burnett dropping in and out. It's most famous for its all star, Muhammed Ali-attended benefit for the imprisoned boxer Ruben ‘Hurricane Carter’- the subject of ‘Hurricane’, the opening song on Desire - and though things ran out of steam by the end of the second leg in '76, its place in rock and roll history is assured.

The  Night of the Hurricane  benefit concert on 8 December 1975 at  Madison Square Garden, where Muhammad Ali visits Bob Dylan  backstage, and gives him a gift — a huge boxing glove. C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

The Night of the Hurricane benefit concert on 8 December 1975 at Madison Square Garden, where Muhammad Ali visits Bob Dylan backstage, and gives him a gift — a huge boxing glove. C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

The Rolling Thunder Revue, live.  C/O The Estate of Ken Regan /Ormond Yard Press

The Rolling Thunder Revue, live.  C/O The Estate of Ken Regan /Ormond Yard Press


 Dylan and the band warm up, during Ken’s first shoot in  October 1975, documenting a day of rehearsal sessions in  New York.  C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

 Dylan and the band warm up, during Ken’s first shoot in October 1975, documenting a day of rehearsal sessions in New York.  C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

Bob Dylan in contemplative pose, in Hurricane Carter t-shirt.  Venue unknown . C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

Bob Dylan in contemplative pose, in Hurricane Carter t-shirt. Venue unknown . C/O Estate of Ken Regan / Ormond Yard Press

Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan is published by Ormond Yard Press March 2016. Limited Edition of 750 individually numbered copies.

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