Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde

"Few guitars in rock ā€™nā€™ roll have been more controversial than the Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. ... Now, a dispute has arisen between Mr. Dylan and the producers of the PBS series 'History Detectives' over what happened to the guitar, which according to some reports was lost in the months after the concert. The producers of the reality show say they have found the guitar. ... The evidence the guitar may have belonged to Mr. Dylan during that period is strong: the case is stenciled with the name of his touring company, Ashes and Sand Inc., and lyrics found inside the case appear to be in his handwriting. ... Thirteen pages of drafts ā€” written partly on a typewriter and then revised in handwriting ā€” were found in the case. The handwriting appears to match the writing on a verified Dylan manuscript for the song 'Absolutely Sweet Marie,' written in the same period, according to Jeff Gold, a well-known collector of rock memorabilia and a recognized expert on Mr. Dylan who examined the pages for the show. Some of the phrases in the draft match phrases from songs Mr. Dylan was working on in 1965 and early 1966 for 'Blonde on Blonde,' Mr. Gold said in an interview" (James C. McKinley Jr., "A Dispute Over a Famous Dylan Guitar," New York Times, 7/12/12).

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