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Coverdown: Freewheelin 209 / Freewheelin-on-line take 11
 

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If you think that there is something vaguely familiar about the cover to this month’s Freewheelin, then you are not far out. The truth is that I am stuck in a Barnett Newman moment and I cannot get his ‘zips’ out of my system. 

A ‘zip’, if you recall the explanation given in my ‘Coverdown’ to Freewheelin 208, is a vertical line that separates one section from another. In life, a ‘zip; could be a borderline, where some howling beast of religion resides, that separates one country from another; or perhaps a prison wall that separates all of those wrong doers on the inside from all of us right doers on the outside. 

There is though a profound difference between this cover and that of Freewheelin’ 208.  In this cover the line is broken and in fact it disappears up the sleeve of a magician. Thus, as if by magic, the two sections merge and become one. Just like that. 

Now you may think that Tommy Cooper (no relation to Chris) is, with his left hand, magically raising Dylan from a laundry basket. Actually, he is pushing Dylan’s head back down into the basket because it is not yet time for Dylan to truly separate himself from his past and emerge as the choice for a veneration.

 

Theo Casamegas

 
 
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