Dylan fanatics rejoice. The Big Pink house in West Saugerties, New York, where Bob Dylan and the Band recorded over 100 demos in 1967– some of which later became Dylan’s The Basement Tapes and The Band’s Music From Big Pink – is available for vacation rentals.
This was the place where Dylan locked himself off from the outside world, not to tour again for 8 years, after a mysterious motorcycle accident in 1966. It was during this time that members of The Band joined him at Big Pink to make music. Though the album went on to be recorded in LA, most of the material was written during sessions in the basement at Big Pink.
You and a group of eight friends can rent the legendary space for $650/night or $2750/week. But don’t get any crazy ideas, musicians – the basement is not included in the rental.
Check out the property description and photos below, and view the full rental listing here.
Big Pink, the house where Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes were recorded with his back-up band, later know as The Band, whose first album was called “Music from Big Pink”. The updated Dormer unit was Levon Helm’s bunk area back In the late ’60s. The Central Staircase opens mid-unit to a dining table & chairs; to the right is a desk-bar; the kitchen, with stone counter-top; bathroom with tile shower, and a futon-couch-sitting area. To the left, in the bedroom area, there’s a sitting area with TV ( limited cable ) and a queen sided bed with a quality mattress set. The Dormer has air-conditioning, and views of Overlook Mountain, fields and forest. Outside is the lawn with out-door furniture & original stone fireplace/bbq area nestled beneath the pines. The Dormer can sleep 4, and has WiFi.
The main floor is a 2 bedroom unit with a sunroom ( Rick’s room – was Rick Danko’s quarters), living room with sofa, writing table & chairs at the picture window, wood-stove/fireplace. It opens into the Dining Room, which has a antique dining table & chairs for 6. The kitchen, as does much of the house, maintains the mid-century period look, with forest views east. The main bedroom has a queen-sized bed, desk, sitting area & full closet. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds, dressers and side tables. The sunroom had a futon twin couch ( which folds down to become a sleeper). The sunroom has it’s own back entrance, and opens to the lawn and old out-door fireplace for campfire evenings. All told, upstairs has a queen bed and full futon – can sleep 4 people max. The Main Floor has a queen-sized bed, 2 twins and a single ‘twin’ futon on the sunporch -and so can sleep 5 max.
Note: the Basement is not included in the rental.
(Main photo by Viniciusmc via Wikimedia Commons)