A Year and a Day in the Life of Bob Dylan

Photos by Daniel Kramer

The year of 1964–65 was considered by many as the breakthrough year that propelled Bob Dylan to international superstardom.

The then 23-year-old had a colossal year, marked by a performance with Joan Baez at the Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall, the Bringing It All Back Home recording sessions, and a historic concert where Dylan controversially decided to transition to the electric guitar.

And throughout this entire year of Dylan’s creative evolution, photographer (and protégé of Allan and Diane Arbus) Daniel Kramer, was there on the sidelines. Legend has it that he hounded Dylan’s manager, Albert Grossman, for some time to shoot with the musician, who eventually caved and invited him up to Woodstock. After their first portrait session, Dylan invited him on the road as tour photographer, a decision he’d later explain as: “A good photographer, a good writer, a good historian always says yes. So I said yes.”

Kramer spent the next year (and a day) capturing some of the most seminal moments in Dylan’s extraordinary year, from his characteristic introspective moments, to studio and downtime with Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Allen Ginsberg and more. To pay tribute, photo book veterans Taschen have released Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day, a 200-page beast filled with curated images and stories from Kramer, as well as outtakes from the now iconic Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 album cover shoots. Previously released as a signed collector’s edition, the new version is kinder on the wallet without being lighter on the good stuff.

Go get yourself a copy of Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day over on Taschen.

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