With the introduction of Bob Dylan’s “The Occasions They Are A-Changin Assortment” of merchandise this week there’s actually nothing left to say past the plain…the very apparent.
However in actual fact the legendary musical icon, bearer of a Nobel Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, an Oscar and the esteem and admiration of a number of generations has been within the enterprise of peddling clothes, doodads, paintings and a surprisingly expansive assortment of business merchandise for years. He has additionally hawked different individuals’s merchandise from Apple iPods to Pepsi Cola to Cadillacs (and 4 years later for Chrysler) each in track and persona in a decades-long stream of endorsements and merchandising tie-ins.
Nonetheless, a brand new assortment of doodads primarily based on maybe his best-known track lyric might be a bit disconcerting. The t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies, beginning at $30, all characteristic the well-known phrases adorned by a classic shot of the person himself, trying pensive and mysterious in a approach he hasn’t for the higher a part of 50 years.
They’ll all be discovered on the bobdylanstore.com web site, which additionally sells quite a lot of different items, together with albums, album paintings, key rings, stickers and buttons, hip flasks, an official “chunky” beanie, mugs, Rolling Thunder Evaluation coasters and a disturbing variety of tote luggage.
There’s additionally an attire assortment obtainable via barkingirons.com with further tie-ins to such notable musical moments as Wheel’s on Fireplace, Rolling Thunder (no coasters) and Shelter From the Storm. And in case you had been questioning, the “I’m Not There” t-shirt shouldn’t be there: it’s offered out.
However Zimmy’s (actual title: Robert Zimmerman) efforts go far past the bric-a-brac and informal put on. There’s the road of premium bourbon offered below the Heaven’s Door label, “the proper mix of artwork and craft, every bottle showcasing Dylan’s distinctive welded iron gates that he created in his studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks.” (Who knew Dylan was a welder too?) Costs begin at $50 and run as much as $500 for restricted version variations. And sure, you may get Heavens Door clothes and barware too, to not fear.
Then there’s Bob’s unique artwork. The Castlefineart.com web site lists 231 completely different Dylan paintings gadgets on the market from books to pencil sketches accompanying track lyrics to prints to full shade work. Particular person items of artwork begin at round $2,000 and boxed units go as excessive as $22,000. For an artist who’s famed for being on a unending tour for the previous few many years what’s actually outstanding is that he has had the time to supply this quantity of labor.
In fact Dylan is in no way the one legacy rock musician to maneuver to the business aspect. The Rolling Stones lately opened their very own retailer in London and t-shirts and various souvenirs have been a staple of live shows and excursions since Herman’s Hermits. Even the Beatles had a short-lived retailer again within the day. However the scope and breath of Dylan’s endeavors would appear to place him in a category by himself. Which is simply becoming contemplating how he and his music are regarded by his followers.
And when you concentrate on it, he has been criticized for promoting out since he went electrical in 1965. So actually not a lot has modified since then. In spite of everything, he has at all times sung about Bringing it All Again Residence.