Dylan papers, including unpublished lyrics, sell for $495K

Bob Dylan is seen at a White House Medal of Freedom ceremony in 2012. Bob Dylan is seen at a White House Medal of Freedom ceremony in 2012. |  Photo: ABC Photo

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Created: November 20, 2020 12:13 PM

BOSTON (AP) - A long-lost trove of Bob Dylan documents has sold at auction for $495,000. The papers include the singer-songwriter’s musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics.

Boston-based R.R. Auction said Friday the collection was sold to a bidder whose identity was not made public.

The documents had been privately held by the late American blues artist Tony Glover, a longtime Dylan friend and confidante. They included transcripts of Glover’s 1971 interviews with Dylan and letters the pair exchanged.

The interviews reveal Dylan had anti-Semitism on his mind when he changed his name from Robert Zimmerman. They also show he wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for actress Barbra Streisand.

Dylan, now 79, wrote handwritten notes on many of the typed pages. He discussed how he famously “went electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, saying “it was a strange night.”


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