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Coverdown: Freewheelin 212 / Freewheelin-on-line take 14
 

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I have to say that I remained a rear view passenger when it came to this month’s cover. The person who was in the driving seat, with both hands firmly on the wheel, was Phil Townsend of lazycarrot.com, and what a great collage of colour and images Phil has produced. It is of course the cover of the programme for The Third Annual John Green Day to be held at The Moat House Hotel, Northampton on the 17th May 2003. In keeping with the theme of the day, Phil has designed a ‘folkie’ type cover, the photograph coming straight from 1963 when Carolyn Hester’s hair was flowing long and Dylan’s mop was tucked under his corduroy cap. 

It is not Dylan’s cap that catches my eye in this picture however but rather his shirt, or to be more precise, his shirtsleeves. The young folkie clearly means business: his sleeves are rolled up to his elbows in a working man’s stance. 

Being an avid watcher of Dylan images, I tried to recall any official album covers where Dylan has his sleeves rolled up. Strangely the first image that came to mind was not of Dylan but was of the rail road worker with the pick axe who appears on the cover of ‘Slow Train Coming’. That was perhaps the obvious one, but then: ‘Down In The Groove’ is a proper roll up; ‘Street Legal’ looks a little rolled and ‘Empire Burlesque’ is a kind of a jacket and shirt half roll. 

None of these quite match Dylan's determined fully rolled sleeve on the programme cover for The Third Annual John Green Day. So – taking our cue from Bob the Builder – sleeves rolled up fellas – it’s time to work!

 

Theo Casamegas

 
 
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