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Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home

 

Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan

Recorded January 13–15, 1965

Released March 22, 1965, Columbia Records

 

The albums, magazines and artwork seen on this cover are nicely documented in Wikipedia's Artwork section of Bringing It All Back Home.

The cover's photograph was taken in the Grossman's home by photographer Daniel Kramer and "features Sally Grossman (wife of Dylan's manager Albert Grossman) lounging in the background."

The following are the LP album covers shown in the photograph and identified in Wikipedia:

Keep on Pushing by the Impressions

King of the Delta Blues Singers by Robert Johnson

Ravi Shankar - India's Master Musician

Lotte Lenya Sings Berlin Theatre Songs by Kurt Weill

The Folk Blues of Eric Von Schmidt by Eric Von Schmidt

"Françoise Hardy's EP J'suis D'accord, was on the floor near Dylan's feet but can only be seen in other shots from the same photo session."

Another Side of Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan - Visible behind Grossman is the top of Dylan's head from the album's cover

 

 
     
 
     
 
     
   

 

In The New York Times article by Neil Genzlinger on March 15, 2021 Sally Grossman's death was reported in an article titled Sally Grossman, Immortalized on a Dylan Album Cover, Dies at 81. "She picked out a red outfit and struck a relaxed pose on the cover of “Bringing It All Back Home,” leaving much for fans to guess about."

Genzlinger noted in the article that "the photo, staged by Mr. Kramer with Mr. Dylan’s input, was an early example of what became a mini-trend of loading covers up with imagery that seemed to invite scrutiny for insights into the music. The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967) might be the best-known example."

 

Sally Grossman - Sally Ann Buehler August 22, 1939 - March 11, 2021

The chaise longue in the photograph was a wedding gift to the Grossmans from Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary. As for the red jersey dress, Grossman said, "I don't think I've worn it again." Grossman said, "It's amazing to be on an album cover that people remember 30 years later." -- Wikipedia

 

 

Additionally, there is a Dylan Archives website called Untold Dylan and this link will take you to the page about the story of the art work on Bringing it All Back Home posted on April 19, 2020 by TonyAttwood. It's part of a series "that tells the story of the artwork on each of Bob Dylan’s albums" and includes additional photographs and details.

For an index for "articles with illustrations, concerning the origins of and decision making within, creating the covers of Bob Dylan’s albums," go to Untold Dylan, Album artwork.

 

 

 

 

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