Springchicken's Optical Illusion Challenge #8 Bob Dylan Freewheelin' album trivia

This is just a bunch of psychedelic lines causing an optical illusion. This weird tripped out image is either revealing a '60s iconic image to you immediately or remains hidden, no matter how much you try.

This mind-boggling optical illusion making its way around the internet has left everyone guessing. 

But as you look closer, you might spot something else. Depending on how your brain works, you might see it straight away or not at all.

If the left side of the brain is more dominant and you are theoretically more creative you are more likely to see this iconic '60s image. However, if your left side is more dominant you are supposedly more methodical so might find this a little bit more difficult.

The Optical Illusion Challenge #8 Answer 

Well if you really lived through the '60s you may be forgiven for struggling to see this iconic '60s image. 

The spiral distortion is in fact hiding one of the most recognisable record covers of the 1960s and perhaps of all time. 

The album is of course Bob Dylan's 1963 classic album, Freewheelin' released on Columbia Records. 

10 Interesting Facts about Freewheelin' 

Dylan's second album, Freewheelin', was a groundbreaking pursuit of personal expression that would go on to typify the decade.

Iconic tracks like Blowin' In The Wind and Don't Think Twice It’s Alright made this recording so much more than just another album in Dylan's ever-growing phenomenal back catalogue.

This album was to become the yardstick to which all others were measured and although for decades many tried, few measured up!

Whilst nothing beats putting this album on a turntable and kicking back we have pulled together some intriguing facts about this quintessential Dylan album.

  1. After Dylan's self-titled first album only sold 5,000 copies in its first year, many critics of Columbia record producer John Hammond thought that Dylan would be axed from the label. But Hammond knew he had something special. Upon release, Freewheelin' was selling 10,000 copies per month and went to the number one spot in the UK in 1965. 
  2. Whilst many wanted to throw Bob Dylan on the scrap heap after his first album sales were abysmal. Hammond believed in him and was supported by another giant at Columbia, Johnny Cash. It is thought both men threw their support behind the blossoming singer-songwriter. 
  3. John H. Hammond immediately signed a young Dylan to Columbia after hearing him play on Carolyn Hester's third album. This was a bold move from Hammond as he didn't have the authority to give Dylan a contract. However, his track record for spotting talent was unmistakable having bought Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin to the populace. 
  4. Upon signing with Columbia, Dylan claimed he was an orphan, which negated the need for his parental signatures due to his young age. 
  5. The anthemic, Blowin' in The Wind became Dylan's theme song, it was just the right blend of melody and mysticism that would entrance a generation. Strangely though upon its release students at a New Jersey High School claimed one of their colleagues had performed the song on stage. Lorre Wyatt had indeed performed the song before its release on Freewheelin' but only because Dylan has released the lyrics in a copy of Broadside magazine back in 1962.    
  6. Dylan's girlfriend, Suze Rotolo featured alongside him on the cover. It is thought that Suze and her family were intrinsic in turning Dylan on to what was happening all around him. This revolutionised the way the young songwriter was to view the world and his work. Dylan himself commented, "Suze was into this equality-freedom thing long before I was. I checked out the songs with her", Heylin  Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited.
  7. Scientists, Eddie Weitzberg and John Lundberg had a competition to see how many Dylan lyrics they could hide in their scientific papers. A particular favourite is Nitric oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind
  8. The style invoked on Talkin' World War III Blues was a tip of the hat to his hero, the dust bowl troubadour, Woody Guthrie. 
  9. Beyonce, quoted Dylan on Instagram in 2013 when she was getting ready to release her album, Beyonce, borrowing a lyric from Talking World War III Blues, "I'll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours".
  10. Due to the seismic change in songwriting from his first album to his second album Freewheelin', there's many that were convinced at the time that Bob Dylan had sold his soul to the devil. The very same myth also plagues Robert Johnson's legacy. However, Dylan has never been one to let the truth get in the way of a good story and has never really denied this theory!  

 If you’re a fan of Bob Dylan, or just appreciate great music in general, the Freewheelin’ album is definitely worth your time. It was released in 1963 and is considered to be one of Dylan’s most influential works.

The 10 interesting facts we shared about the album should give you a little more insight into what makes it so special. We hope you enjoyed this look at one of the greatest albums ever made.

What’s your favourite Bob Dylan song?

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