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McCLURE, DYLAN, & GINSBERG

McCLURE, DYLAN, AND GINSBERG
North Beach, San Francisco 1965

This session was arranged the night before at a party after Bob Dylan's concert at the Berkeley Community Theater. Allen Ginsberg introduced me to Dylan and we arranged to do a photo session (for the Blonde on Blonde album) the same day as the Beat's last gathering at City Lights Books. At City Lights we hid out in the basement with Dylan and when the people started to break the door down we climbed out a window and ran down the alley and took this photograph. I was in college and living at home during the Beat period. I had to mow the lawn before I could borrow the car and go to San Francisco to shoot this photo and the City Lights Books last gathering of the Beats event.
McCLURE, DYLAN, AND GINSBERG


DYLAN AND GINSBERG

DYLAN AND GINSBERG
San Francisco 1965

From the series of images shot in the City Lights Books alley originally for the Blonde on Blonde album (photographs not used in that project). Imagine going back to school the next day after this session, what do you say to your friends?
CITY LIGHTS BASEMENT

CITY LIGHTS BASEMENT
San Francisco 1965

The Orlovsky brothers, Robbie Robertson and Bob Dylan in the City Lights basement waiting to escape. The door to the basement is locked, people are trying to break it down. Dylan is here to be photographed for Blonde on Blonde with McClure and Ginsberg. Finally, we climbed out a window and ran down the alley so we could have a private session.
BAD COMPANY

BAD COMPANY
San Francisco 1965

Robbie Robertson, Michael McClure, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg in the alley behind City Lights Books. This photograph is in the booklet that comes with the bootleg series vol. 4 Dylan CD set, Bob Dylan Live 1966, The Royal Albert Hall Concert.
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