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John Byrne Cooke

John Byrne Cooke is the son of the British-American journalist Alistair Cooke. Born and raised in the United States, Cooke was a performing musician at the height of the folk-music boom of the 1960s. When folk music gave way to rock and roll, Cooke followed the changing times. He was a member of D.A. Pennebaker's film crew at the Monterey Pop Festival in California in June 1967. Five months later, by a fortuitous chain of opportunities, John became road manager for the singer, and the band, that had stunned the audience at Monterey – Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company. John worked with Janis until her death in October 1970. Throughout the '60s, from the early days of folk music coffeehouses to rock-and-roll touring, John was taking photographs. His images of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and other folk and rock musicians of the 1960s have been exhibited from Seattle, Washington (the Experience Music Project, 2004-2006) to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio (2006), to Proud Galleries’ own Official Bob Dylan Exhibition (September-October 2005). His Dylan photos have been published in prominent biographies including Robert Shelton's "No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan," Clinton Heylin's "Behind the Shades," and David Hajdu's "Positively Fourth Street." They have appeared in film and television productions including director Martin Scorsese's "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan," for American public television. John Byrne Cooke's images represented by Proud Galleries’ show Bob Dylan in the earliest years of his career, including his first appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, and in private moments offstage, before he became the foremost musical icon of his times.