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Fifty Years Later, Bob Dylan Assignment Still Reverberates

ForeverYoungCoverAlthough Look magazine killed a planned 1964 feature story on Bob Dylan, deeming the cresting singer “too scruffy for a family magazine,” the photographs from the spiked assignment continue to be appreciated today. The shots were taken over a span of several weeks in New York City, Woodstock and at the Newport Folk Festival.

Photographer Douglas Gilbert was able to reclaim the pics after Look ceased publication, turning them into the 2005 book Forever Young, lending them to Martin Scorsese for a PBS documentary and sharing them via an ongoing, traveling gallery show. With the exhibit currently at Michigan’s South Haven Center for the Arts, area native Gilbert took time to share a few anecdotes with Kalamazoo Gazette entertainment writer John Liberty. Starting with this one:

Gilbert steered through a small town in New York when his passenger, a 23-year-old Bob Dylan, shouted, “Stop the car! Stop the car!”

Gilbert, a relatively green 21-year-old photographer from Michigan, obliged as the curly-haired musician ran to a newspaper stand on the side of the road. Gilbert said Dylan was drawn to a magazine with news about aliens on the cover.

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Bob Dylan’s Version of a Cable News Channel Scroll

Bob Dylan has snuck up on the YouTube generation and just dropped one of the most inspired music videos of the 21st century.

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The juxtaposition of “Like a Rolling Stone” with various fake TV channel streams of lip-synched talking heads is made all the more inspired by the fact that watchers can channel surf as the song is playing. Among the second layers of detail is the ticker at the bottom of the MTC Business cable news channel. Bits of information shared include:

Alert: Some stocks went up and some stocks went down.

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When Val Kilmer Made Bob Dylan a Mix Tape

The latest name to grace KCRW’s “Guest DJ” project is actor Val Kilmer. If you’ve never heard of this series from one of LA’s two public radio flagships, it’s essentially Desert Island Discs re-imagined.

Among Kilmer’s song picks is Bob Dylan‘s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).” He took the opportunity to tell a great story about the singer, who it turns out is a huge fan of the actor’s 1993 Western Tombstone. Thanks to a mutual friend, Kilmer was able to welcome the singer to his NYC apartment:

“He shows up and sits down and he wants to talk about Tombstone, but I just can’t, you know, nor can I talk about any of his stuff. Eventually he says, ‘Ain’t you going to say anything about that movie?’ and I said, “Do some “Blowing in the Wind” and I’ll…”

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Sacha Baron Cohen Body Double Set for LAFF World Premiere

A year after Karl Jacob’s off-camera doubling for Sacha Baron Cohen as Aladeen hit theaters in The Dictator, the Minnesota-minted artist is gearing up for a sold-out Friday world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival of his co-directorial debut Pollywogs.

The drama is set in Minnesota and derives its title partly from the idea that its two lead adult characters (Jacob, Kate Lyn Sheil) are emotionally stunted. Ahead of Friday night’s big debut, Jacob spoke with Twin Cities Daily Planet movie blogger Jim Brunzell III about the many references in the film to his (and Bob Dylan‘s) childhood hometown of Hibbing, MN, as well as the challenges the movie’s title may present overseas:

“Apparently in the UK it [Pollywogs] means something different. One of the co-producers is British, and she said, “We may want to consider changing the title if it goes to Britain.” I think it could be some type of slang word.”

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LA Kings Anthem Features Strange View of the Weather

Have you caught “We Are Los Angeles,” the new ditty put forth this NHL playoff season by the LA Kings? It’s from The Goon Squad and features the following lyric: “In any weather, a Kings, a King forever.”

Hmmm. Not sure about you, but every time FishbowlLA has hit STAPLES Center for a game, it’s been pretty much the same weather. Maybe The Goon Squad is singing about when the team is on the road, but then, that doesn’t really jive with a song about why the team is synonymous with LA.

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Cover Battle: Rolling Stone or New York

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have Rolling Stone versus New York. For its latest issue, Rolling Stone features Bob Dylan looking like Colonel Sanders’ evil brother. The facial hair only makes things worse. Is Dylan trying to grow it out or is that the finished product? We can’t tell because he’s evil!

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Bob Dylan Photographer Barry Feinstein Dies at 80

Legendary music photographer Barry Feinstein died late last week at the age of 80. Feinstein is legendary for his photographs of the 60′s music scene. He’s probably best known for his images of Bob Dylan. He toured with Bob Dylan and the Band on their controversial electric tour of England in 1966 and shot the poster image for Martin Scorsese‘s 2005 Dylan doc No direction Home.

Feinstein shot all over the world, but got his first big break here in LA in 1955 as a production assistant for Columbia Pictures in Hollywood. He had no formal training as a photographer, but his access to celebrities and musicians helped his emerging craft.

From the LA Times:

A close friend of actor Steve McQueen, he also shot stills during the production of McQueen’s 1968 classic film “Bullitt.”

Noting that her husband had a photography and design studio in Los Angeles for many years, Judith Jamison Feinstein said: “Steve McQueen would pick him up every day at 4 o’clock when he was done with business and off they’d go motorcycling through the Hollywood Hills.”

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Ken Regan Recalls Madonna Photo Shoot

Get ready to hear a lot about All Access: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Photography of Ken Regan, a brand new must-have coffee table book with a forward written by Keith Richards.

Sixteen photos from the October 18 release are being teased this week at RollingStone.com, while New York based Canadian newspaper correspondent Marie-Joelle Parent has posted a seductive lead-in to her forthcoming interview with Regan. In her piece, Parent reveals Regan’s all-time favorite photo (of Bob Dylan) and excerpts his memorable recollection of a Material Girl LA moment:

“I arrived at four a.m. and checked into the Mondrian hotel… As the elevator doors were closing, I lunged to open them and get in. Inside the car, judging by her trashy/chic style, was what I thought to be someone resembling a hooker. She got off on my floor and went to the end of the hallway. I went the other way.”

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Grammy Museum Celebrates Bob Dylan’s Birthday

Tonight’s special event at the Grammy Museum is sold out. Which, on Bob Dylan‘s 70th birthday, is the way it should be.

Following a screening of the Murray Lerner doc The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-65, Rolling Stone contributing editor Michal Gilmore and Princeton prof Sean Wilentz will dissect the film. They will also field questions from the audience and sign copies of their respective books.

For all those not holding tickets to tonight’s Bob-a-thon, there’s always this massive cheat sheet courtesy of The Atlantic Wire. The collection of linked articles, videos, and other material is an equally solid way to pay your respects to the last surviving troubadour.

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Red Bull Billionaire Broadens Reach of ‘Almost Independent Magazine’

This past Sunday, subscribers to the LA Times and several other major metropolitan U.S. dailies got something new to go along with the coupon sheets, drugstore flyers, and pared down color comics: the first U.S. edition of Red Bulletin, a monthly mag from the makers of the energy drink.

These are suddenly tough times for Austrian guys with ambition, but via a sprawling and highly entertaining profile of billionaire Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz (pictured), Business Week is helping set things back on an even keel. The insert issue of Red Bulletin encompassed features on Bob Dylan and San Francisco Giants ace Tim Lincecum, and according to BW reporter Duff McDonald, is part of a big media push:

Red Bull’s current ambitions reflect a serious ramping up, as well as the realization of a business plan that eschews conventional advertising in favor of marketing through its own events, shows, and publications. The company shipped more than 1.2 million copies of the first Red Bulletin in the U.S. (about one-third of Sports Illustrated‘s paid circulation)…

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