Sally Grossman, Immortalized on a Dylan Album Cover, Dies at 81
Along the way, she ran with Mr. Grossman, who was a well-known manager of folk music performers who appeared at those kinds of venues, including Peter, Paul, and Mary, whom he helped unite.
In the 1987 interview, Ms. Grossman recalled that the office was “constantly filled with people.” Of course, there are Peter, Paul, and Mary, but there are also Ian and Sylvia, Richie Havens, Gordon Lightfoot, and other musicians, painters, and writers.
After getting married in 1964, the pair moved to Woodstock, where Mr. Grossman had bought the property and Mr. Dylan had also discovered the area at the same time and moved there with his family.
In due course came the photo shoot for the album cover.
In 2014, Mr. Kramer stated to The Minneapolis Star Tribune, “I did 10 exposures.” One of the photos, featuring Mr. Dylan holding a cat, was saved. Mr. Kramer noted that this was the only instance in which all three subjects were focused on the camera.
The photograph, which Mr. Kramer staged with Mr. Dylan’s help, was an early example of a mini-trend of stuffing album covers with artwork that seemed to beg for close examination for clues about the music. The most well-known example is probably “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles from 1967.
The album marked a watershed moment in Dylan’s career, marking the beginning of his transformation from an acoustic to an electric musician. Music from “Mr. Tambourine Man” to “Subterranean Homesick Blues” to “Maggie’s Farm” were all featured.