Celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday with Rare Photos from Taschen

Today Bob Dylan turns 75, making it over 50 years ago that he first met Daniel Kramer, the photographer he spent exactly one year and one day with when making the leap from folk to rock music in 1964 and 65. Between Woodstock, album covers for “Bringing It All Back Home” and “Highway 61 Revisited,” and simply hanging around New York, the two ended up with more photos than Kramer could possibly publish in the Saturday Post or Paris Match. Many of of those images are getting their first celebratory release today in “Bob Dylan: A Year and a Day,” a $700 tome out by Taschen. Take a look back with a preview of the book, here.

© Daniel Kramer, courtesy of Taschen.

Doing soundcheck before the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium show in Queens for 14,000 people on August 28, 1965.

© Daniel Kramer, courtesy of Taschen.

Playing chess with Victor Maymudes at Bernard’s Cafe Espresso, a favorite hangout in Woodstock, 1964.

© Daniel Kramer, courtesy of Taschen.

A previously unpublished outtake from the “Bringing It All Back Home” album cover with Sally Grossman at Woodstock, January 1965.

© Daniel Kramer, courtesy of Taschen.

On Fifth Avenue with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary; and guitarist John Hammond, Jr., two of his frequent collaborators in the mid-1960s, in January 1965.

© Daniel Kramer, courtesy of Taschen.

Recording his first electric songs for “Bringing It All Back Home,” the album that bridged Dylan from folk to rock, at Columbia Records, Studio A, in New York City, January 1965.