day in 1965 Bob Dylan and entourage arrive at the Factory for a screen test
-- or, really, in photographer Finkelstein's account, for a showdown in
which hip is pitted against cool, and loses: "A Jewish potlatch commenced.
Andy gave Bobby a great double image of Elvis. Bobby gave Andy short shrift."
The real winner was Finkelstein, who came away with a perfectly framed back-shot
of Warhol and Dylan facing each other as Warhol's "Flaming Star"
Elvises, their guns drawn, aim blank-eyed at both -- a concatenation of
American iconography unmatched in this century. Dylan knew a curse when
he saw one: He traded the picture to his manager Albert Grossman for a couch.
The couch is probably long gone, the picture is worth millions, but guess
who's still alive?