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Book Title: Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript|
The author of the book: Bob Dylan
Date of issue: November 17th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781847374677
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 35.49 MB
Edition: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Read full description of the books Hollywood Foto-Rhetoric: The Lost Manuscript:I am a sucker for these books. This one is disappointing on closer inspection.
The photographs are a collection of one working photographer/photo-journalists views of Hollywood in the 1950's and 1960's. The subject material ranges from studio work to street photography to journalistic candids. The selection of images and their arrangement is partially successful. Sequenced photos, with the accompanying poetry, or with the end note commentary have an impact that is documentary. At best. At worst, some of the images are random inclusions in both subject and placement. Photos of dress/costume forms for stars, and boxes of bras for perhaps the same don't make compelling photographs. And there's a Playboy Playmate wearing a towel thrown in for good measure?
Poetry from Bob Dylan.
Well, everything he wrote is poetry - agreed? Or maybe it is just disjointed song lyrics waitin' for a tune. The poetry that accompanies these photos is mostly explained in snippets of two interviews with Dylan and the Photographer, Barry Feinstein. Very Bob Dylan phrases and pacing are evident. Dylan's sparse style is interesting to see at this stage of his life and career without a 'soundtrack' or a guitar accompaniment.
Some of the poetry is spread out in a way over several pages that it doesn't read easily or well. Some entries are only one or a partial page. Others span two or more pages with page separations for photographs. Only a ' contd ' at the top of a page marks the breaks.
The photographs have been mostly over processed and suffer. Digital noise abounds in this pre-digital era black and white film based imagery. If the images are/were that bad, others should have been selected or a different treatment of them is needed. It's sloppy work.
Two stars is about all I can muster for this work in total. Dylan researchers, pop culture enthusiasts, nostalgia buffs etc. will find some value. A few nuggets but not a lot.
Read information about the authorBob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, poet, and, of late, disc jockey who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. Much of Dylan's most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he became an informal chronicler and a reluctant figurehead of American unrest. A number of his songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements. His most recent studio album, Modern Times, released on August 29, 2006, entered the U.S. album charts at #1, making him, at age sixty five, the oldest living person to top those charts.
Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature (2016).
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