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