His tongue on fire
Bob Dylan turns 80 today. I commissioned this ink drawing for an issue of Time Out celebrating Dylan’s arrival to play at Earl’s Court in 1978, his first London shows in a dozen years. Ralph Steadman chose to make his image out of Bob’s words. When I left the editorship a few months later, the staff very kindly acquired the original from Ralph and gave it to me as a leaving present. As you might imagine, it’s a precious possession, although not quite as precious as all the songs Bob has placed in the common memory over the past six decades. Many happy returns to him.
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A brilliant Steadman, very apt – and Many Happy Returns to the great Bob Dylan!
That’s pretty amazing, Richard! See you Friday!
Absolutely beautiful drawing – just a pleasure to see it. Thanks for sharing
Thirty years ago you commissioned me to ask 50 people what they’d buy Dylan for his 50th – for the Independent.
Happy Birthday Bob. Truly a voice without restraint!
What a treasure, Richard! And Happy Birthday to my other favourite Bob.
Thanks for sharing this Richard, happy birthday to Bob and all good wishes to you.
Wonderful, Richard, and Ralph himself had a birthday only some days ago. Time now to return to your Dylan book …….
I remember this drawing so clearly. Wonderful to see it again. Saw three of those Earls Court concerts. Not maybe the greatest shows but a tremendous retrospective. What a day!
#poebiz right, and Geldof said ‘the polka dot shirt’! I remember reading about that in A Man Called Alias, which the author has been sweetly modest about on this blog but which meant a great deal to teenage me… (thanks Richard Williams, and happy birthday Bob Dylan).
Hi Richard – do you remember the name of a music and arts paper in the 60s – full colour and newspaper sized. it was short lived and obviously not Melody Maker. it carried an interview with Dylan I remember and a photo of him in the yellow sweatshirt, shaded sheepskin jacket and that cap.
Hmm. No, Mike. But I’ll have a think about it. A UK paper, was that?