Bob Dylan papers, including unpublished lyrics, sell for 495,000 dollars

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Nov. 22, 2020, 3:23 p.m.


Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 (Photo: AP Photo / Jeff Robbins, File)

A long-lost treasure trove of Bob Dylan documents, including the singer-songwriter’s thoughts on anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics, sold at auction for a total of $ 495,000.

Boston-based RR Auction said on Friday that the collection owned by the late American blues artist Tony Glover, a longtime friend and confidant of Dylan, had been sold in individual lots on Thursday, with the majority of key pieces going to a bidder whose identity has not been made. Public.

The collection included transcripts of Glover’s 1971 interviews with Dylan and letters the couple exchanged. Interviews reveal that Dylan had anti-Semitism in mind when he changed his name from Robert Zimmerman, and that he wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for Barbra Streisand.

Dylan, 79, was close to Glover, who died last year. The two men broke into music in the same Minneapolis cafe scene. Glover’s widow, Cynthia Nadler, has auctioned the documents online.

Bob dylan Transcripts of Bob Dylan’s lost 1971 interviews with late American blues artist Tony Glover and letters exchanged reveal that Dylan changed his name from Robert Zimmerman because he was concerned about anti-Semitism and wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for actress Barbra Streisand. (Photo: AP Photo / Chris Pizzello, file)

Recluse Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 after giving the world “Blowin ‘in the Wind”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “The Times They Are a-Changin” “and other hymns of the turbulent years 1960.

The items up for auction included lyrics written by Dylan after visiting folk legend Woody Guthrie in May 1962. The lines, never made public until last month, read:

“My eyes are cracked, I think I’ve been framed / I can’t remember the sound of my name / What did he teach you?” reveal, respect and repent of the blues / No Jack, he taught me to sleep in my shoes.

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