Walk by the storefront of Paul Stuart at the corner of Madison and 45th St and you'll get a strong hit of that classic black-and-white-era Bob Dylan—the dude with the harmonica and the shades and the dangling cig. The clothing store has installed a trove of classic Dylan memorabilia in its window, including posters, film stills and some signature Hohner harps. Don't roll by like a complete unknown. Take your time and soak it up.
The filmmaker most responsible for creating this iconic imagery is D.A. Pennebaker, the revered music-doc director whose 1967 classic Dont Look Back (apostrophe intentionally omitted!) cemented Dylan's skittish, soulful persona in the public eye. In celebration of the Criterion Collection's gloriously restored new edition of the film, Pennebaker himself will be at Paul Stuart on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm. He'll be signing copies of the new Blu-rays and DVDs, which you can purchase in advance of their November 24 street date. Additionally, a limited-edition set of film stills and posters signed by Pennebaker will be available.
Simply put, this is movie that should be in everyone's home collection. It captures not only Dylan's arrival but the ascent of a certain kind of fame culture. And the opportunity to meet its maker—a lovely, personable guy who also has great stories about Depeche Mode (he made their concert doc 101)—shouldn't be passed up.