Vintage: Backstage During Bob Dylan’s 1975 Tour ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ by Ken Regan

Vintage: Backstage During Bob Dylan’s 1975 Tour ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ by Ken Regan


American photographer Ken Regan took almost 14,000 photographs during his time with Bob Dylan’s tour Rolling Thunder Revue. He had complete, unrestricted and exclusive access during that year of 1975.

The day after playing the Springfield Civic Center, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder gang visited Mama Frasca's Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Massachusetts.

The day after playing the Springfield Civic Center, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder gang visited Mama Frasca’s Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Massachusetts. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

The Rolling Thunder Revue set list mixed in Sixties folk-era classics like "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" with newer songs like "Tangled Up in Blue" and "Romance in Durango."

The Rolling Thunder Revue set list mixed in Sixties folk-era classics like “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” with newer songs like “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Romance in Durango.” © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

The gang prepares to take on Niagara Falls.

The gang prepares to take on Niagara Falls. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

At the end of the night, all the performers would come onstage for "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

At the end of the night, all the performers would come onstage for “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Midler's "Buckets of Rain" cover appeared on her 1976 LP, Songs for the New Depression.

Midler’s “Buckets of Rain” cover appeared on her 1976 LP, Songs for the New Depression. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

During downtime from the tour, Dylan jams with Roger McGuinn and Gordon Lightfoot.

During downtime from the tour, Dylan jams with Roger McGuinn and Gordon Lightfoot. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

The purpose behind Dylan's makeup has never been fully explained, though there are heavy rumors that the Dylan camp was prepping an extensive documentary of the tour.

The purpose behind Dylan’s makeup has never been fully explained, though there are heavy rumors that the Dylan camp was prepping an extensive documentary of the tour. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Bob Dylan and Bette Midler recorded a duet on the Blood on the Tracks tune "Buckets of Rain" in October of 1975. He wanted her to take part in the Rolling Thunder Revue, but she didn't wind up signing up for the crazy trip.

Bob Dylan and Bette Midler recorded a duet on the Blood on the Tracks tune “Buckets of Rain” in October of 1975. He wanted her to take part in the Rolling Thunder Revue, but she didn’t wind up signing up for the crazy trip. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Shortly before launching the Rolling Thunder Revue, Bob Dylan began hanging out in Greenwich Village clubs. He met Patti Smith and they formed a tight bond that lasted for decades.

Shortly before launching the Rolling Thunder Revue, Bob Dylan began hanging out in Greenwich Village clubs. He met Patti Smith and they formed a tight bond that lasted for decades. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Muhammad Ali visited Dylan backstage when the tour reached Madison Square Garden.

Muhammad Ali visited Dylan backstage when the tour reached Madison Square Garden. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Shortly before launching the Rolling Thunder Revue, Dylan became aware of the plight of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who was in prison for a murder he claimed he didn't commit.

Shortly before launching the Rolling Thunder Revue, Dylan became aware of the plight of boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who was in prison for a murder he claimed he didn’t commit. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Dylan and many of the Rolling Thunder gang shoot a scene for Renaldo and Clara in Rhode Island.

Dylan and many of the Rolling Thunder gang shoot a scene for Renaldo and Clara in Rhode Island. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Dylan often wore masks and face paint during the Rolling Thunder Revue period. The disguises tied into the complex plot of Renaldo and Clara, though at the time they merely confused many in Dylan's orbit.

Dylan often wore masks and face paint during the Rolling Thunder Revue period. The disguises tied into the complex plot of Renaldo and Clara, though at the time they merely confused many in Dylan’s orbit. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

The New York folk haunt the Other End became a key hangout for Dylan in the weeks leading up to Rolling Thunder. Here he is at the club with Ronee Blakley.

The New York folk haunt the Other End became a key hangout for Dylan in the weeks leading up to Rolling Thunder. Here he is at the club with Ronee Blakley. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

For many on the Rolling Thunder Revue, the tour doubled as a nonstop party. Here, Dylan and friends enjoy some downtime in Newport, Rhode Island.

For many on the Rolling Thunder Revue, the tour doubled as a nonstop party. Here, Dylan and friends enjoy some downtime in Newport, Rhode Island. © Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press


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