Bob Dylan: the ‘ragged clown’ who never stopped shifting shape

A chameleon to the tips of his toes, Bob Dylan has worn a multitude of creative hats in his 60-year career

Bob Dylan during the recording of Bringing It All Back Home in New York in 1965. Picture: Michael Ochs Archives

Do you remember your first Bob Dylan? For me – aged 13 in 1987, my curiosity piqued by the Waterboys performing Maggie’s Farm – it was the slightly blurry guy staring from the cover of Blonde On Blonde: suede coat, chequered scarf, a quizzical gaze on his geometrically fascinating face. Even his hair looked drugged.

Or perhaps it was the wired little scarecrow in a black suit, zipping through DA Pennebaker’s 1967 documentary Don’t Look ...