Album cover photo by Daniel Kramer. Taken in front of Albert Grossman's former residence at 4 Gramercy Park West. Overlay with album cover from PopSpotsNYC.com.

Album cover photo by Daniel Kramer. Taken in front of Albert Grossman's former residence at 4 Gramercy Park West. Overlay with album cover from PopSpotsNYC.com.

The reason the Internet exists is so people like my friend Bob Egan can teach us.

He runs the marvelous popspotsnyc.com, which explores local locales where the lost art of album covers is dissected.

Lou Reed, Billy Joel, the Stones, the Dead, Bruce, the Ramones, KISS, Blondie, Woody Guthrie, and other local (and not so local) bands used NYC as the set for their cover shoots. And Bob, like a Law & Order detective, or a good Woodward and Bernstein disciple, takes the best of them and reports on his delightfully exhaustive journeys to find the EXACT spots the band was photographed.      

His Highway 61 journey is here:

http://www.popspotsnyc.com/highway61revisited/index.html

Gramercy Park is a bit off from the route of our new The Beats and Bob (Dylan) tour, but the tour does go by the Jones St. locale of the Freewheelin' Bob Dylan cover photo. And lots of other Dylan hangouts.

Fred W. McDarrah's photo contemporary (and our old college professor) John Cohen and Cohen's early film footage of Dylan is here:

http://www.popspotsnyc.com/john_cohen_roof/

But really, go to the web site and read every word, and look at every photo. It is not quite a substitute for going on a good invigorating walking tour, but it is endlessly fascinating both from its reporting, the history and how the songs on the records he discusses still echo in one's head.

He is still on a mission - to find where the Blonde on Blonde cover was shot. Any ideas? Let him know.  

 

Grossman's former digs, December 2015.  

Grossman's former digs, December 2015.