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Bob Dylan art hits Main St: Shadows in the Night promo is unmissable

Bob Dylan album cover, Shadows in the Night

Bob Dylan art, Paris Metro: Shadows In The Night promo © Gerald Smith 2015

Bob Dylan art – images by and featuring Dylan – has been readily viewable on the web since the internet first became part of our lives.

Bob Dylan art has now hit Main Street, too.

The promo for Shadows in the Night, the new Dylan album, is virtually unmissable. City dwellers can now enjoy Bob Dylan art at street level, as part of the daily routine.

I spent last Saturday in Paris. The promo for Shadows in the Night was ubiquitous – it seemed to be everywhere. Posters, newspaper and magazine covers, in-store display/album play, radio play… . You just couldn’t avoid Dylan in the Left Bank/Montparnasse quartiers of Paris last Saturday.

Even after being reminded by Bob Dylan Inc for the entire afternoon that their man has new product to shift, I was still stunned by the Bob Dylan art exhibition awaiting me as I travelled on the Metro (aka Underground… subway…) back to my hotel.

Bob Dylan art exhibition: Duroc Metro station, Paris

The subterranean corridor linking lines 10 and 13 of Metro station Duroc had been transformed into a gallery of Bob Dylan art. As you’ll see from my photograph, above, the entire wall of one side of the tunnel was taken up by five – yes, five – large posters, side by side, of the Shadows in the Night album cover.

The album cover artwork, designed by Geoff Gans, impressive in CD size, looks even better in large-format poster size. The front cover portrait by John Shearer has Bob Dylan in an appropriately pensive moment; the blue and black colours reinforce the mood. I wonder, though, why Dylan appears caged, trapped behind bars, in a black space.

As for interpreting the CD’s intriguing back cover photograph, maybe I’ll get a clue after spending some quality time listening more carefully to the album.

I was puzzled by the promo text on the Paris posters, though: “Nouvel album: Sortie le 3 fevrier” (“… released on 3 February”, ie the following Tuesday, the same day as the US release date). Puzzled because the album had clearly been released by Saturday – I’d just been enjoying the displays and listening to the entirety of Shadows in the Night in Gibert Joseph and FNAC, the two major Paris music retailers.

Record industry embargoes on new music product are strictly enforced in England. Maybe things are more relaxed in France and other markets?

The Paris Metro posters are a tiny fragment of Bob Dylan art in public places – a fragment that I just happen to have noticed. But there are countless other examples of Bob Dylan art out there – posters promoting Shadows in the Night, portraits of Bob Dylan on magazine covers and newspaper front pages… .

Have you come across any examples of Bob Dylan art on a Main Street where you live? Please share them by Leaving a Reply, preferably with a link to an image, at the top of this post.

Bob Dylan art is everywhere: thanks in advance for sharing it.

The Rolling Stones in Paris: the Stones love France

The Rolling Stones in Paris: the 14 On Fire Arena Tour reaches the French capital next week. The Friday 13 June Stade de France gig will be special for the Rolling Stones: they clearly love the country, visiting throughout their 52-year career – to record, play gigs and simply hang out. Evidence? Loads – and an abundance of intriguing images.

Exile On Main St.

Remastered Exile on Main St by the Rolling Stones

Exile on Main St, © Promotone BV 2010

The best-known Rolling Stones link with France is their extended visit to the French Riviera in 1971, when they recorded Exile On Main St., released the following year.

Villa Nellcote

Villa Nellcote, rented by Keith Richards in 1971, used as studio for recording Exile on Main St.

Villa Nellcote, © Gerald Smith 2014

Villa Nellcote, Villefranche-sur-Mer, where the Rolling Stones recorded Exile on Main St.

Rolling Stones fan at Villa Nellcote, © Gerald Smith 2014

The recording venue was Villa Nellcote, a mansion rented by Keith Richards. It’s a large, secluded house, just across the bay from the picture postcard town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, a few miles east of Nice.

My photographs show Villa Nellcote from the public beach, and the imposing gates on a quiet lane adjacent to the Cote d’Azur’s main railway line.

Next week: The Rolling Stones in Paris: the Stones love France #2

Rolling Stones photographs: exhibition of little-seen collection in Paris

Rolling Stones in the '70s exhibition

Rolling Stones – Angie (c) Dominic Lamblin 2014, on sale at Galérie Blumann, Paris.

A new exhibition, The Rolling Stones in the ’70s, offers Stones art collectors a rare chance to enjoy little-seen work by French photographer Dominic Lamblin.

The Rolling Stones in the ’70s is now showing in Paris at la Galérie Blumann, 4 Place des Vosges, at the epicentre of the exquisite Marais district, a kilometre or so east of the Louvre.

You can see The Rolling Stones in the ’70s seven days a week until 5 May, 12h-19h.


The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World’s lifelong love affair with Paris shows no signs of cooling: the Rolling Stones play le Stade de France on 13 June.

And they’ve spent a lot of time in Paris/Ile de France in the last few years. In August 2012 they chose Studio Guillaume-Tell in Suresnes, just west of the Bois de Boulogne, to cut Doom and Gloom and One Last Shot, the two new songs recorded for the GRRR! compilation.

The Rolling Stones also rehearsed in Paris for their 2013 and 2014 tours, delighting assiduous hardcore fans with tiny try-out gigs in and around the city.

Paris returns their love, of course: Rolling Stones product is almost as visible in the City of Light as it is in London.

On my last cultural rummage, I spotted a giant print of the iconic Terry O’Neill photograph of Mick Jagger on the cover of Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary, a very large format limited edition book of photographs, published by Original Editions:

Mick Jagger (c) Terry O'Neill 2013, cover of Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary, Original Editions, 2013

Mick Jagger (c) Terry O’Neill 2013, cover of Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary, Original Editions, 2013