Happy Birthday to Bob Dylan!

by Chris Murray on May 22, 2017

A fine way to celebrate Bob Dylan’s birthday today would be to see Ted Russell’s photographs of Dylan on exhibit at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York City.

Exhibition entrance at Steven Kasher Gallery. Exhibition entrance at Steven Kasher Gallery.

Claude Gassian and Chris Murray at Ted Russell's exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery. French photographer Claude Gassian and Chris Murray at Ted Russell’s exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery.

Several days ago Kasher hosted an amazing panel discussion on Dylan’s early days in Greenwich Village that featured John Cohen, Bob Yellin of The Greenbriar Boys, Sean Wilentz and Ted Russell. It was a remarkable conversation between four extraordinary, creative individuals. It was exciting to hear first-hand accounts and stories about the scene in Greenwich Village in the early ’60s and Bob Dylan. Steve Kasher moderated the discussion, and his gallery is a very hip place to be. Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964 continues at Kasher Gallery until June 3rd.

Panel discussion at Steven Kasher Gallery. John Cohen, Ted Russell, Bob Yellin and Sean Wilentz.

Ted Russell speaking during the panel discussion. Ted Russell speaking.

Ted Russell signing books at the panel discussion. Ted Russell signing Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964.

Ted Russell and Carlotta Hester. Ted Russell and Carlotta Hester.

Ted Russell and Chris Murray at the panel discussion. Ted Russell and Chris Murray.

Ted Russell’s exhibition in Havana at Fototeca de Cuba, which recently concluded, was received in Cuba with great acclaim. Cuba has an outstanding legacy of music and poetry that continues to thrive. Havana and Fototeca de Cuba were a remarkable atmosphere in which to present Ted Russell’s photographs of Dylan as a young poet and musician.

Please enjoy these two very short videos and some photographs from the opening at Fototeca de Cuba in Old Havana. Thank you to all our friends in Cuba who made the exhibition possible and to all of our friends who came from America to see the exhibition in Havana.

Jeffrey DeLuarentis, Carlotta Hester and Andrew Umhau at the opening of Ted Russell's exhibition at Fototeca de Cuba. Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, Carlotta Hester and Andrew Umhau at the opening of Ted Russell’s exhibition at Fototeca de Cuba.

Conchita, who works at Fototeca de Cuba. Conchita, Gallery Assistant at Fototeca de Cuba.

Alex, Chris Murray and Jessica Fuller. Alex, Chris Murray, co-author of Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964, and Jessica Fuller from Rizzoli.

Tom Meyer and Luis Manuel Molina. Tom Meyer and Luis Manuel Molina.

Luis Gomez. Luis and Ruscy Gomez.

Chris Murray and Guille. Chris Murray and Guille Vilar. “It’s only rock & roll, but I like it.”

Emilio and Edimary Perez. Emilio and Edimary Perez.

Murray Family at Fototeca. The Duffy family from New York at Fototeca. Andy Rapoport and Steve Kasher photobombing.

Leonardo Lazaro from Parque Central.

The Capital Gang. The Capital Gang. Claire Hines, Rosemary Kilkenny, Carlotta Hester, Chris Murray, Tom Meyer and Virginia Satterley.

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