Sunday, 21 June 2009
REAL MOMENTS: BOB DYLAN by BARRY FEINSTEIN
It’s a hard rain forest that’s a-gonna fall to provide and protect those that seek to prophesize with their pens and publish Bob Dylan books.
Olympia Press and photographer Barry Feinstein are the latest with the softback edition of Real Moments. As photo books go, it’s a decent one. Feinstein took the front cover for The Times They Are A-Changin’ in 1963 and was trusted by Bobby not to “make him look an asshole”. But this was now May 1966 and it mattered not whether Bob was smoking a fag, walking with his pointed shoes and his curls, speaking to some French girl or coming out the crapper, he exuded an air of having all the answers my friend; the rest of the fools didn’t even know which way the wind was blowing.
Fourteen of these pictures form a small collection at the National Portrait Gallery until 30th August (go downstairs and through the bookshop). The book costs a hefty £24.99, which is more than the hardback last year. How does that work?