“Bob Dylan: Through the Eyes of Joe Alper,” is a new collection of photos taken in upstate New York and at the Newport Folk Festival from 1962-1965. Joe Alper, a well known photographer of musicians whose credits include album covers for John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Sony Rollins and other jazz blues and folk greats from the 1950s and ’60s, created a photography resume which reads like a Who’s Who of American roots music from the ’60s.
Alper died in 1968 after battling polycystic kidney disease for a number of years. His photos have since been used on the covers of many seminal albums when they were re-released on CD.
A few of Alper’s photos of Dylan have previously been utilized by a number of authors writing books on Dylan, and Martin Scorcese tapped 14 of Alper’s photos for his documentary on Dylan, “No Direction Home,” released in 2005. However, the lion’s share of images, including unguarded photos of a young Bob taken while staying at Alper’s upstate New York apartment in 1962 and 1963, provide a glimpse of Dylan previously unseen.
Images include Dylan eating breakfast and getting out of bed in the morning, horsing around with then girlfriend Suze Rotolo, performing at the San Remo Coffee House in Schenectady, NY and Caffe Lena’s in Saratoga, NY, recording sessions for “Freewheeling” with John Hammond in New York City, and playing electric for the first time at Newport.
The book is available for presale right now at www.dylanbook.com, and will be published in time for delivery for the 2007 holiday season.
Many thanks to George Alper for this info.