Bob Dylan behind the SNCC office. Greenwood, Mississippi. 1963. by Danny Lyon.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Danny Lyon
In a sealed protective envelope
*Please note that the glossiness of the envelope might have caused some glare in the pictures
Statement from Danny Lyon on the back of print “Bob Dylan behind the SNCC office. Greenwood, Mississippi. 1963.”
“The SNCC held a Freedom Concert that day out in a field. Greenwood was a major cotton town, and the audience was field hands and household servants mostly. I was the SNCC staff photographer. The kids then in Greenwood would say, “I’m in the movement,” because Greenwood was the center of the civil rights movement in the Delta. That day, for a Freedom Concert, SNCC had brought down the Freedom Singers, Theo Bikel, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan to perform.
The big responses at the concert were for the Freedom Singers and for Theo Bikel, who sang and talked about the bond of oppression which his own background shared with the people in the field. “Blowin’ in the Wind” had been released that May and was already a huge hit, though I doubt any of the tenant farmers had ever heard it. I was fascinated by Dylan, so when I ran into him playing behind the SNCC office, I made this picture. Behind him was Mendy Samstein, a friend from the University of Chicago, Willie Blue – another close friend, a kind of hipster, from Greenwood – and listening at his knee was Bernice Reagon, future head of Sweet Honey in the Rock.”