Dylan, Bob. (b. 1941) & Baez, Joan. (b. 1941): Bob Dylan & Joan Baez 1965 Concert Handbill
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Scarce and desirable original color handbill for Bob Dylan and Joan Baez's US tour held between February and March 1965, featuring the now iconic folk rock artwork of Eric Von Schmidt. In fine condition. 5.5 x 9.5 inches.
In 1965, folk singer and artist Eric Von Schmidt was commissioned to create a painting of Dylan and Baez for their tour, which was reproduced on posters and handbills. His stylized “VS” can be seen in the lower left corner of the handbill. Dylan was unhappy with his appearance in the painting, and ordered that those that had been distributed be recovered and destroyed—making these handbills quite scarce today. This classic portrait has nevertheless come to be regarded as one of the iconic images from Dylan's early folk days.
This series of shows marked the “beginning of the end” of the working relationship between Dylan and Baez. It also put a strain on their personal relationship as well, even though Baez would open for Dylan on his eight city tour of Great Britain between April 30th and May 10th. Dylan's star status, increasing eccentricity, his disdain for most members of the press and his upcoming debut as an ‘electric’ artist at July's Newport Folk Festival, all contribute to the valid notion that Von Schmidt's design is, indeed, a vivid documentation of the last remnants of Dylan as a ‘folk’ artist; a sign of the times transition in the ever-changing career of the enigmatic Bob Dylan.