I am really pleased to be able to announce the publication of Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan.
Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan contains the very best of Ken Regan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue photographs of Bob Dylan - a tour on which he was official photographer. Incredibly, Ken’s Bob Dylan photographs have never been the subject of a dedicated book of their own, and many of the photographs in the book have not have been published before.
This is the sixth limited edition ultra-large-format book by our publishing arm, Ormond Yard Press, and follows on from titles featuring Bruce Springsteen, Nick Drake, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Kate Bush.
The edition size for Rolling Thunder is reassuringly small - just 750 individually numbered copies are available to collectors worldwide.
You can read more about Rolling Thunder in the drop down 'accordion' sections below.
You can order online by selecting the 'Buy it Now' button, or alternatively you can contact us at the gallery and we can process your order over the phone.
Rolling Thunder costs GBP 395 (+shipping ). Books are in stock and shipping now.
The front cover artwork for Rolling Thunder
A double page spread showing dressing room scenes
Rehearsal sessions, New York, October 1975
During a visit to Niagara Falls, November 1975
A close up live portrait, with the iconic hat and flowers
In Canada, with Gordon Lightfoot and Roger McGuinn
A double page spread showing Bob Dylan with Joan Baez, and an aerial view of the Revue
The book displayed on the wall in its bespoke acrylic display unit, partially removed from the printed slipcase
A sense of scale...
The book on the wall in the acrylic display unit
This is a book on a spectacular scale: an ultra large format hardcover which measures 24 inches high x 18 inches wide (60x45cm) when closed. When the book is open, a double page spread measures 24 inches high by 36 inches wide (60cm x 90cm).
Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan will include 96 large format pages, and features the very best of Ken Regan’s Rolling Thunder archives. Many of these images are being published for the first time. This is a book that defies the normal 'coffee table' convention. Much larger than a traditional coffee table volume, it is slim and elegant at the same time. Rolling Thunder is housed in a beautiful custom printed slipcase which reproduces the front and back book cover art. All our publications seek to redefine the book as more than just a book - and as a piece of art in its own right. With this in mind, the cover of the book and slipcase have been deliberately left free of text so that nothing detracts from the power of those images.
Why is this book important?
First, because Ken Regan's Rolling Thunder archive is the most important Bob Dylan archive not to be the subject of a specific book of its own, and that needs to be put right.
Second, because something revelatory happens when photographs are presented in this ultra-large format. Hidden details come to light, and the power and impact of the images are magnified exponentially. Unless you go to a gallery and see a large format print on the wall, you can’t experience this. Imagine an entire art gallery exhibition that you get to take home and keep forever. That’s where we come in. Our publishing arm, Ormond Yard Press, was established to bring to life a carefully curated series of spectacular large format limited edition photography books.
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When do I get it ?
Books are in stock and shipping now.
Shipping or collection?
Given the size and weight (approx 9 kg /20 lbs) of the slipcased book in its external shipping box, we recommend that you have us deliver it to you, but if you prefer to collect from us at the London gallery address that is no problem. If you wish to collect the book from us the gallery, then of course there is no delivery charge.
Charges by destination
Shipping charges are only payable on the book if you want us to deliver, and vary depending on destination.
UK mainland: next day signed for courier - £25
Europe and USA: 4/5 working days, signed for courier service £65.
Rest of world: 4/5 working days, signed for courier service £75.
The book is packaged securely and anonymously. We do not take any risk with books being damaged in transit, and so the book comes in a sturdy unbranded shipping box, with void areas designed to absorb any knocks in transit.
How much does it cost ?
Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan cost GBP 395 (plus shipping where required)
Payments in non sterling currencies - Euros, USD etc
When you purchase through the website, you can choose to pay in USD or Euros instead of GBP if you prefer, and you can pay with a credit or debit card (other than Amex, which doesn’t work online) or Paypal.
If you wish to use Amex, you will need to get in touch with us at the gallery rather than purchase online, as we need to process Amex payments in GBP through the physical card terminal at the gallery.
One incredible version
“A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”
So said Andy Warhol.
We could have gone down the track of carving out a special edition of the books we publish. You know the kind of thing - an edition with a print, a special binding etc etc. A lot of publishers do this, and although we did consider it, it wasn't for us.
Why? Simply because we are focused on making them all special.
When you look at your copy of Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan you do so in the knowledge that no-one has a better version. They are all the best.
Special acrylic slide in slide out wall display unit
Make no mistake, this is a big book, and we wanted to give you some different display options. Of course you can put it on your coffee table or (big) bookshelf, but we felt it deserved something a bit special. With each of our books, we took a conscious decision to keep the covers free of text, so that nothing would detract from the power of the chosen front and back cover images. That notion gave rise to the idea of this display unit - because it means you can, should you choose to, display your book just like a piece of art on the wall - which is what it is, after all. It means that you can get up close to, and enjoy, either of the two images of Bob Dylan by Ken Regan chosen to feature on the front and back cover of the book and slipcase.
Constructed from 5mm clear acrylic, this is a solid, simple and practical way to display your book on your wall in its slipcase. It measures 18.5 inches (w) x 25 inches (h) x 1.5 inches (d). That's approximately 47cm x 64cm x 4cm. It has curved edges, and a split baton hanging system on the reverse. Special acrylic 'feet' at the bottom ensure that it hangs parallel to the wall. It is a nice, elegant, simple, solid piece of work.
It is open sided on the left and right, allowing you to slide your book (and please read 'book' as 'book and slipcase' here) in and out whenever you want to look at the contents. You also have the flexibility to show the front or the back of the book and flip it over if you feel like a change of view.
Click on the buy it now button below if you would like to buy the display unit.
Ken Regan was born and grew up in the Bronx. He never revealed the date of his birth, even to his family, so in an echo of Bob Dylan's opening line to Joey, on Desire: you could say ".. he was born in the year of who knows when".
He studied journalism at Columbia and attended New York University’s Film School. His photography career began in the sports arena where he covered the World Series, Super Bowl, the Olympics, heavyweight championship fights, hockey, basketball, tennis, auto racing and other professional sports for Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, and Newsweek. Ken has photographed sports legends such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Wilt Chamberlain and Vince Lombardi.
Ken has also photographed some of the most renowned musicians in rock and roll history. Ken was at JFK Airport in 1964 to cover the Beatles’ first visit to the United States. In 1975, he did back to back tours with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. He has photographed Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and other pop and rock legends. He also covered the Band’s Last Waltz, Amnesty International, Live Aid and George Harrison’s benefit for Bangladesh.
Ken’s Rolling Thunder photographs are much loved by Bob Dylan fans, and his images appear on the cover of Desire, The Bootleg Series Volume 5 and Hard Rain.
In the 1970’s, Ken started Camera 5, his own photo agency representing 15 photographers and amassing an archive of nearly three million images. Ken’s passion for politics made him a sought after photographer for political campaigns and conventions for Newsweek and Time. Ken was the unofficial photographer for the Kennedy family for nearly four decades and his iconic images of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, displaying their public triumphs and private tragedies, are included in one of the largest collections of Kennedy images in America.
Throughout his prolific professional career, Ken traveled around the globe covering an increasingly troubled world, from the conflict in Vietnam, riots and demonstrations in the United States during the tumultuous late 60’s, apartheid and famine in Africa in the early 80’s.
Later in his career, Ken worked for the film industry shooting stills and special projects for Jonathan Demme, Clint Eastwood, Norman Jewison and other Oscar-winning directors. His credits include The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, The Bridges of Madison County and others.
Ken Regan’s work can be found in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including, International Center of Photography, National Portrait Gallery, Israel Museum, National Museum of American History, The New-York Historical Society, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, International Boxing Hall of Fame, International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, Pro Football Hall of Fame, World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum and others.
Ken Regan died on 25 November 2012 after a long battle with cancer.
Information about Ormond Yard Press
We call our publishing arm Ormond Yard Press™. You might wonder why.
First, the books we publish are a 'yard' wide – three feet – when opened up.
Second, Ormond Yard is the name of a relatively unknown street in the heart of St James’s, just a stone’s throw from our Piccadilly gallery. Ormond Yard has played an important role in contemporary popular culture as it has been the location for many photoshoots over the years – most famously it was the location of the cover session for The Rolling Stones’ 1965 album Out of Our Heads (December’s Children in the U.S). That image, by Gered Mankowitz, has always resonated as a perfect early piece of pop iconography.
Third, the topography: Ormond Yard is itself tall and slim – proportions that echo the books that are now being produced in its name.
Ormond Yard Press™ : Dedicated to bringing you the bigger picture
Our mission is a simple one - to create incredible books that we, our photographers and our clients can be proud of. That's a heavy burden but one which we embrace. Behind everything we do is the goal of producing elegant and brilliant books; books that celebrate classic moments in the history of popular culture, in a physical scale that mainstream publishers can't deliver.
Read the Ormond Yard Press blog
We have a blog. The purpose is to to go behind the scenes and share our experiences in bringing our fantastic projects from idea to reality. You can read our posts on Tumblr . The blog is an opportunity for us to go into specific details on a whole range of areas, and we try and make it interesting, plus have a bit of fun. To give you a flavour, here's a link to one of the posts where we run through the cover design process for one of our previous books, I Saw Nick Drake: photographs by Keith Morris.