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REAL LIFE ROCK TOP 10
by GREIL MARCUS

Nat Finkelstein - "Andy Warhol: The Factory Years, 1964-1967" (Canongate)
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One 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?