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The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Najib Benouar

Bob Dylan

Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So welcome to our most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

Here’s the rundown of shoes, shows and shenanigans we’re digging this week.»

Style Icons Rallying for Civil Rights

  • Najib Benouar

The civil rights movement was born out of an ugly time in US history, but we’ll be damned if it didn’t make for some good-looking protesters.

With the always-impeccable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading the way, a sea of crisp suits, skinny ties and Wayfarers led our country into equality. In honor of the great man and movement, we dug through the archives and were surprised to find a handsome lot of style icons also heading up the charge for civil rights—a veritable who’s who of impossibly cool gentlemen—everyone from Brando and Newman to Belafonte, Dylan and Davis Jr. Hell, even Charlton Heston got in on the action. It’s as if somehow impassioned, selfless endeavoring has a way of adding an extra layer of dapperness—not to mention being on the right side of history.

Now presenting: A Pictorial Demonstration of Style Icons Rallying for Civil Rights.»

Joséphine de la Baume Is a Sconce

  • Kempt Staff

Friendly Henleys: A roundup of the finest placketed thermal shirting your fall layering requires. [Well Spent]

Heart Burning, Still Yearning: In honor of Bob Dylan’s newest album, Tempest, dropping this week, The Atlantic relives the 10 most poignant moments of his career. [The Atlantic]

Best Side: Because you ought to be getting your gambling advice from NPR, here’s an interesting tip on how to cover the spread during evening games. [NPR]

Tinker with Greatness: Nuggets of wisdom from the enigmatic man responsible for some of the most iconic shoes ever made: Nike Air Jordans. (He’s designed every single one of them.) [GQ]

Charlotte Bruge Can’t Take Her Eyes Off the TV

  • Kempt Staff

When in Doubt, Wear Sunglasses, Man: A Bob Dylan style guide according to... Bob Dylan. Words to live by. [Four Pins]

Third’s a Charm: Vulture catches up with Total Recall’s original three-breasted lady (we mentioned in the August Issues) and she bares all. [Vulture]

Strong Curves: Getting personal with one of the most spectacular cars in production: the Shelby Cobra 289 FIA. [Autoblog]

And Soft Curves: Miranda Kerr celebrated her post-pregnancy rebound with a handful of tasteful body shots. (And by tasteful, we mean totally, stark naked... as a jaybird... you’ve been warned.) [Unfinished Man]

Klara Wester Is Unconcerned with MPG

  • Najib Benouar

Cashin’ Out: Open Culture has found a dozen rare recordings from the music collaboration dreams are made of: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. [Open Culture]

Less Is More: We suspected as much, but Bill Hader confirms that Tom Cruise in real life is a lot like Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder. [Vulture]

Man-Urs: Manchester United is filing for IPO—which means you can own part of one of the most storied franchises on earth. No word on if Old Trafford has a fractional-owners box. [Business Week]

Salute: In honor of Flag Day—yes, that’s today—you ought to brush up on your star-spangled history. (And then have a Bud Heavy.) [The Atlantic]

Lada Kravchenko Is Working on an Interesting Tan

Positively 4th Street: Would you like to see Bob Dylan stare uncomfortably at a camera for 66 seconds? If so, this Andy Warhol test shot is for you. [Open Culture]

The Long Road: Twenty-nine great pictures from the Iditarod, which finished up earlier this week. [The Big Picture]

Sometimes the Old Ways Are Best: Jaguar is letting its ’50s-era racing models back out onto the track for heritage races. File under: beautiful cars, moving quickly. [Driven]

The High Board: And in the name of promoting Red Bull, some brave soul took a skydive from 71,580 feet up—high enough to see the curvature of the earth. [WBE]

A Tour of American Protest Style

On the heels of yesterday’s Zuccotti troubles (captured in gloriously cheeky video here), we thought we’d take a moment to recognize the unique style of the American protestor.

It’s not flashy, of course, but there’s plenty to admire here, from the black suits of the civil rights era to the Oakie uniform of work shirts and weathered khakis. They weren’t wearing them to make a statement—they had signs for that—but it was part of the message nonetheless.

As it turns out, charisma has a way of making its own style, and they were never short on charisma.

A tour of American protest style...»

Tales of the Drifter

It looks like we’re about to get one last Hank Williams album. The story starts with the Hillbilly Shakespeare’s legendary songwriting notebooks, which somehow found their way to Bob Dylan. Apparently Dylan’s spent the past few years rounding up fans like Jack White and Merle Haggard to set the lyrics to music, Mermaid Avenue-style. The resulting album arrives October 4th with the first new Williams songs in 50 years. If you’re not clear on why that’s a big deal, we’d direct you here. It’s everything that’s great about Americana: tragic, brilliant and scary as hell. Enjoy.

Younger Than That Now

Bob Dylan

In honor of the man’s 70th birthday, we thought we’d pass along this snap of Bob Dylan circa 1963, rocking the work shirt and Breton stripe as only a true blue gent could. Happy birthday, sir.

Dita Von Teese Loves Only Perrier

Spaceman Chic: The Times rounds up photographs and X-Rays of Right Stuff-era spaceman gear. There are some pretty spectacular crotch pieces. [NYTimes]

The Vandals Took the Handles: Sony is opening up the masters for “Subterranean Homesick Blues” to whoever wants to take a shot. Job one: more handclaps. [Boing Boing]

V-Neck for Victory: Jesse Thorn reps a hand-knit Scottish sweater. In the background, the menswear blogodome seethes with jealousy. [Put This On]

The Perfect Gift: …is a chair made out of a grizzly bear. Now you know. [Lost at E Minor]

Clementine Stevens Has Never Heard of Cyber Monday

  • Najib Benouar

And the Nominees Are... Apparently someone thinks more menswear blog awards are in order... and we couldn't agree more. Coincidentally, our hat has been thrown into the ring. (That would be our tweed driving cap in the ring, if you must know). Naturally, we're honored. [The Cravats]

It's All Right: New York Magazine documents the style of Bob Dylan's eclectic fanbase at his most recent concert in NYC. A surprisingly well put together group on the whole, but we've got to give our best dressed vote to the scalper's camo/plaid/cable knit ensemble. [The Cut]

Popping Off: SWT gives us a quick refresher on why we should take note of the Italian collar pop. Point taken, but we'd rather wait till April rolls around to start thinking about polo collar etiquette. [StartWithTypewriters]