Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home was written upstairs from Woodstock’s Café Espresso in a studio that Dylan dubbed “The White Room.” This building, at 59 Tinker Street, is now occupied by The Center for Photography. Dylan wrote the album at a feverish pace and appropriated bits of lore from the local scene to fill out his lyrics. For example, in “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Dylan raps in the final lines, “The pump don’t work ‘cause the vandals took the handles.” This is said by locals to refer to the water pump at the Woodstock Library.
One of Dylan’s sideman on the project was Kenny Rankin, who performed at a Woodstock Sound-Out in 1967. ROOTS is in mourning for Kenny, who passed away on June 7, 2009. For more on this, click here.