"I got a chance to photograph Bob Dylan in 1999," Clinch reveals. "It was kind of a dream come true. I didn't even think he'd show up, I just didn't believe it. I was really prepared and I booked this place called the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. That's not only where the Rat Pack played all the time in the Coconut Grove room, but Robert Kennedy was assassinated in the kitchen there. It was really cool because there's a lot of different styles and locations. I thought, 'If I have Bob Dylan, I want to make the most of it.'
"Little did I realize, he'd be so enthralled by the fact that all that history had happened there. We wandered all around this hotel and got a history lesson by the guy that was our host. Dylan was completely into it, so he stuck around for a really long time.
"On the way over to the shoot I get a call from his publicist and he said, 'Bob wants to know if you are familiar with Litle Walter.' I said, 'Yeah, I'm a big fan of Little Walter. I play harmonica myself.' He says, 'There's a famous photo of him on one of his records and he's holding the harmonica and it's Hollywood lighting.' I said, 'Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about. In fact, I have that CD here at the shoot.' He was like, 'Oh, great.' They show up and Bob's psyched that I knew what he was talking about. When I was waiting for them to arrive, I set up this old school, Hollywood-style lighting. He pulls out this old chromatic harmonica, which was really beautiful. I then proceeded to shoot in that style.
"They've been using this photo on all the posters they have at all the Dylan shows. This photo has been reproduced, like, a million times. Since 1999, they've used others there and again, but this has been the staple and I'm super proud of that. From that shoot I had stuff in Love and Theft and some of the singles. Talk about an honor of placement for your photography, to have pictures in a Bob Dylan record."