Lot 95 - Bob Dylan Basement Tapes Jacket
The unique jacket worn by Bob Dylan on the Basement Tapes album cover
A red and white striped jacket with a black and grey swirl pattern in bands across the arms and chest, made from Chumash Indian blanket. This is the jacket that Bob Dylan is wearing on the cover of the 1975 The Basement Tapes album.
The jacket belonged to an acquaintance of Dylan, who took an immediate liking to the one-of-a-kind jacket despite the fact that it was a little too small for him. Whilst wearing the jacket Dylan split the back and arm open but this has since been stitched.
The famous photograph for The Basement Tapes album was taken by noted photographer Reid Miles in the basement of a Los Angeles YMCA. In the photograph, Dylan and his band pose beside characters suggested by the album’s songs; a women in a Mrs Henry T-shirt, a circus strongman, an Eskimo and a dwarf.
The jacket has some small rips on one of the arm seams, but is in otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity explaining how Dylan came to wear the jacket, and detailing the vendor's time with Bob Dylan, including "We went to the renaissance faire together with a small group dressed as monks so no one would know he was there. We went to his house as you could jump from the roof and hang glide down towards the ocean."
The Basement Tapes is considered one of the most celebrated and influential albums of all time. Formed from a legendary series of jam sessions, in which Bob Dylan and the group of musicians who would later become the Band explored the roots of American music, the album marked the official release of songs which had been circulating as bootlegs for many years.
The tracks marked a distinct departure from the stylistic rock and roll of the late 1960s, and heralded a movement back to traditional forms of American music such as folk, blues and bluegrass. The album is regarded by many as one of the most important of its era, and the iconic Reid Miles cover photograph, which captures the narrative nature and strange melancholy humour of the songs, is one of the most famous album covers in music history.
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