Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript

Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript

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by Bob Dylan
     
 

Surfacing for the first time after more than forty years, Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric is a remarkable, long-lost manuscript written by Bob Dylan in the 1960s, inspired by renowned photographer Barry Feinstein's portraits of Tinseltown. These twenty-three prose poems are thoughtprovoking, witty, and thoroughly unexpected observations of a bygone era, and through

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Surfacing for the first time after more than forty years, Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric is a remarkable, long-lost manuscript written by Bob Dylan in the 1960s, inspired by renowned photographer Barry Feinstein's portraits of Tinseltown. These twenty-three prose poems are thoughtprovoking, witty, and thoroughly unexpected observations of a bygone era, and through the lens of Feinstein's camera they speak volumes about the faces and places that have graced the City of Angels. Images like those of Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, and Steve McQueen resonate with our collective memory, while photographs of hopeful starlets, movie studio backlots, and sunny, palm tree'd boulevards evoke the timeless allure of all things Hollywood.

Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric marks a unique collaboration: With his unerring eye, Barry Feinstein captured unforgettable moments in stunning black-and-white, such as Marilyn Monroe's swimming pool on the day she died, and Frank Sinatra celebrating at John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Ball. In the provocative accompanying text, Bob Dylan's quixotic, expressive lyricism redefines silver screen nostalgia.

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Charles McGrath
Either half of this collaboration would be worth having, but combined, under the quizzical title Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric, they add up to one of the oddest coffee-table books to come along in a while…[Cohn] took these pictures backstage on movie sets or driving around town after hours. They're suffused with a kind of anti-glamour that was probably meant to be tough and unflinching at the time but now seems almost tender…What Dylan brings to this vision is a kind of antic surrealism, at times reminiscent of the liner notes he wrote for "Highway 61 Revisited."
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439112502
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
11/04/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Bob Dylan is one of the most celebrated songwriters and performers of all time. He has released thirty-six studio albums, which collectively have sold over 120 million copies around the world. He has been awarded the French Legion of Honor, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. His memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list.

Barry Feinstein's photography has appeared in Life, Look, Time, Esquire, Newsweek, and scores of other magazines and album covers. His photographs of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Janis Joplin, and others are considered classics of the genre.

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