Bob Dylan’s Foto-Rhetoric: Hollywood Behind the Sign

Bob Dylan’s Foto-Rhetoric: Hollywood Behind the Sign

“t dare not ask your sculpturer’s name/with glance back hooked, time’s hinges halt.”

Bob Dylan’s text for a photo of Marlene Dietrich at Gary Cooper’s funeral in 1961.

Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript

Barry Feinstein, the rock and roll photographer, was digging through his archives last year when he found a long-forgotten bundle of pictures, dozens of dark and moody snapshots taken of Hollywood in the early 1960s. And tucked next to the photographs was a set of prose poems, written around the same time by an old friend: Bob Dylan.

At the time that he had originally arranged the group of photographs in the 60s, Mr. Feinstein had thought of Dylan, whom he had met earlier on the East Coast. “I asked him as a joke, ‘Wanna come out and maybe write something about these photographs?‘ ” Mr. Feinstein said. “So he came out and wrote some text.” Mr. Dylan, then in his 20s, arrived in Hollywood, examined the photographs and wrote his own prose poems to accompany them.

Now, after being neglected in storage for more than 40 years, the text and photographs will be published in November in a collection titled Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript. The photographs in the book were taken during a period in the 1960s when Mr. Feinstein was in his 20s and just a lackey at a Hollywood movie studio. “I was living in California, in Hollywood, working at the studio, and I thought there was something there journalistically in taking these pictures that were not at all glamorous,” Mr. Feinstein said. “They were really the dark side of glamour.”

The result is a collection of vintage photographs that is sometimes dreary and sometimes tongue-in-cheek, snapshots of movie props and roadside stands, topless starlets and headless mannequins. In one photograph a young woman, who is visible only from the ankles down, crouches on Sophia Loren’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, her hand pressed onto the cement. In another photograph, a completely empty parking lot at 20th Century Fox is sardonically marked by a large sign for “Talent.”

Hollywood: Behind the Sign

Music: Bob Dylan/Farewell

Hollywood: Behind the Sign

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Americans Clinch 4×100-Meter Medley Relay, Phelps Wins Eighth Gold

Americans Clinch 4x100m Medley Relay, Phelps Wins Eighth Gold Medal

A quest that began four years ago after Michael Phelps had won six gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics and included 17 swimming performances over nine days at the 2008 Beijing Olympics ended victoriously for Phelps on Sunday. Michael Phelps earned an unprecedented eighth Olympic gold medal of the 2008 Olympics as he swam the butterfly leg of the American team’s world-record win in the 4×100-meter medley relay to close out the swimming competition in Beijing.

Jason Lezak held off Eamon Sullivan of Australia in the final freestyle leg, with the Americans finishing in 3:29.34 seconds. The American men have never lost the medley relay in the history of the Olympics. Australia took the silver medal in 3:30.04 seconds, and Japan won the bronze.

Phelps had tied Mark Spitz with his seventh gold medal the day before in the 100-meter butterfly, winning by the slimmest of margins, .01 of a second over Serbian Milorad Cavic. Phelps set world records in seven of his eight swims, with only the 100-meter butterfly mark not broken. He also won the 400-meter IM, the 200-meter IM and the 200-meter butterfly, breaking his own world mark in each, and led off the 4×200-meter free relay.

Americans Clinch 4x100m Medley, Phelps Wins Eighth Gold

The Olympic 4x100m Medley Gold Medal Ceremony

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