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Young Bob : John Cohen's early photographs of Bob Dylan
Cohen, John.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : PowerHouse Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
71 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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ML420.D98 C64 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In 1962, a young John Cohen and the young songwriter Bob Dylan went to Cohen's East Village loft and rooftop for a few hours to take some photos. Now these never-before-published, b/w photographs reveal the soon-to-be legendary musician on the cusp of fame, just before the release of his revolutionary self-titled first album. To complement the images, Cohen has painstakingly transcribed and edited forgotten radio interviews that aired between 1961 and 1963.

Author Notes

" John Cohen , born in 1932 in New York City, studied photography and painting at Yale under Josef Albers and Herbert Matter. His photographs are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, as well as The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Cohen studied photography and painting under Joseph Albers and Herbert Matter at Yale, and his images have been published in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair , and Aperture. Cohen's award-wining films have been screened worldwide and his band, The New Lost City Ramblers, has received several Grammy nominations. A former professor of Visual Arts at SUNY Purchase, New York, from 1972-1979, and the author of There is No Eye (powerHouse Books 2001 and 2003), Cohen lives in Putnam Valley, New York."

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

In the folk scene of New York City's Greenwich Village, Cohen (There Is No Eye) met and photographed twentyish Bob Dylan. Taken during 1962-63, these candid shots (31 b&w) are notable for capturing an icon in the making. While some feature Dylan as a fresh-faced newcomer, clowning around the city, ubiquitous cigarette in mouth, others capture him in a more somber mood during his earliest performances at the Gaslight. Cohen also includes 12 color photos from 1970, in which Dylan looks like the grizzled folk and rock troubadour we've come to know and love. In addition, there are three transcribed radio interviews from 1962 and 1963, including one with Studs Terkel, in which Dylan talks about his influences, music, and philosophy. Though light on text, Cohen's book provides an intimate and unstilted look into the dawn of one of our most enduring artists; other monographs, like Barry Feinstein and others' Early Dylan, tend to focus on the mid- to late 1960s. Recommended for complete Dylan collections and for large public libraries to complete Dylan collections.-Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.