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Bob Dylan at Aust in 1966

The English weather made Bob look moody

Iconic Dylan pictures rediscovered

Forty years after the Aust ferry service closed - making way for the 'new' Severn Bridge - iconic images of Bob Dylan at the terminal are being shown for the first time in decades.

A moody Bob Dylan is captured waiting for a ferry across the River Severn. In the background you can see the first Severn bridge, which was nearing completion.

It was taken in 1966 by American photographer Barry Feinstein and ended up being used on the cover of Dylan's album No Direction Home - the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese's recent documentary about the singer-songwriter.

It was the year that Bob Dylan was performing what became known as the "Judas" tour.

Many fans were angry that the singer, then 25, had abandoned his traditional acoustic set in the second half.

The first English date of the tour was at Bristol's Colston Hall on 10 May.


Dylan fan Chris James was there that night and recalls: "We weren't prepared for the electric side of it.

"When he brought the band on a few people heckled and a few people walked out, but I thoroughly enjoyed the concert."

The following day, as he set off in the rain for his next gig in Cardiff, the boos were still ringing in his ears. So it's hardly surprising he looked a bit moody as he waited for the ferry.

Severn Bridge view from Aust Beach

The bridge celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2006

Inside Out West tracked down Barry Feinstein in upstate New York. He remembers the day well.

"It was the British weather that made him look so gloomy. It was a really long tour and everyone was just worn out."

And there's a big surprise for the team who are hoping to restore the old Severn Princess ferry and turn it into a museum.

Barry has been rooting around in his attic and he's found the original proof sheet from that day back in 1966. His discovery includes more photographs from that same shoot which haven't been seen for four decades.

It's possible they could now end up as part of the proposed museum.    

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