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Coverdown: Freewheelin 217 / Freewheelin-on-line take 19
 

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Professor Christopher Ricks isn’t the only one who has managed to get a cat onto the front cover of a Dylan publication. In fact this month's Freewheelin cover has gone one better than the cover of the Professor's new book ‘Dylan’s Visions of Sin’, for we have two cats. 

Fist of all there is the big, snarling cat that Dylan wears on his chest underneath that leopard skin bomber jacket. Then there is ‘Fifi’, the kitten with the mischievous eyes, who is a new addition to our family. 

All this cat imagery takes place in front of the painting ‘Day Dream’ by the artist Dante Gabrielle Rosetti (1830–1894). Rosetti helped to establish a company of cool cats in the mid nineteenth century which came to be known as The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and it is this period of art that is currently the subject of an exhibition at The Royal Academy. The entire collection at the Royal Academy is owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber who was able to purchase a number of the exhibits from the proceeds of his musical ‘Cats’. 

And just to complete this feline madness, the first encore song that Dylan has performed at the opening few shows of his European tour is ‘Cats In The Well’. Which is quite apt really for an autumn show. When he gets over here the leaves will certainly have started to fall!

 

Theo Casamegas

 
 
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