Don’t miss the chance to head for the subterranean depths of the NPG and transport yourself to 1966 – to the year a skinny, darksome, iconic Prince of poetry – Mr Bob Dylan – landed in Britain at the height of his powers. Bob toured with The Hawks (later The Band) and badly upset the folk purists by going electric at the Manchester Free Trade Hall.
Barry Feinstein’s fourteen black and white images from his new paperback, Real Life, are hip and intimate. They depict a time when music and youth culture was king. Feinstein declares ‘ I liked Dylan’s work; and he knew I would make him look interesting’. Given the current obsession with celebrity, it is fascinating to gaze at the unsettling picture of an icon caught in a limo outside the Royal Albert Hall, surrounded by clamouring fans. He looks unknowable, unlike today’s wannabees. I also like the atmospheric air of desolation in the image of him waiting for the Aust Ferry; and the picture of Bob with a bunch of Liverpool kids who don’t even know his name in a city falling apart at the seams is strangely affecting.
Bob Dylan 1966 European Tour: Runs until November 29th 2009
Free Admission. Open Daily:10am -6pm, Thursday and Friday until 9pm.