Bob Dylan’s Bob Dylan Guitar Auction , on which he performed a career-defining set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, is going under the hammer in New York for $500,000.Christie s will auction off the 1964 Fender Stratocaster guitar on December 6 with five newly discovered Dylan song lyrics dating back to 1965-66.The three-song electric set at the Newport Folk Festival on Rhode Island saw a 24-year-old Dylan evolve from folk-protest singer into an enigmatic rock legend.
Rolling Stone described it as one of the most notable events in Bob Dylan Guitar Auction music history, but his folk fans were furious.”I did this very crazy thing,” Dylan said at the time.”I didn t know what was going to happen, but they certainly booed, I ll tell you that. You could hear it all over the place.”
The guitar and lyrics are in the possession of a daughter of the pilot who flew the private jet used by Dylan and his band in the months after the performance.In 2011, it was submitted to US television program “History Detectives” and verified as genuine.The Bob Dylan Guitar Auction guitar, which was also used during recording sessions for his album “Bringing It all Back Home”, comes with its case and original black leather strap.
Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, Dylan was the voice of a generation and a giant in the history of American music.He taught himself music and changed his name, reportedly after the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.The historic ’64 Fender Bob Dylan Guitar Auction used by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival has been sold for a record breaking sum at auction.
The sunburst Strat took centre stage at Christie’s in Manhattan last Friday – and no wonder.The alder body, maple neck and Brazilian rosewood fingerboard were all in decent nick, but it was the guitar’s backstory Bob Dylan Guitar Auction that garnered all the attention.Clearly, the unidentified bidder who eventually settled on a record-breaking $965,000 purchase, knew what they were getting their hands on.
Originally owned by Bob Dylan, the guitar used by the legendary, great American poet in his first-ever electric Bob Dylan Guitar Auction at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.The three-song electric set in front of a crowd of 20,000 has gone down in music history as the moment Dylan stepped away from his folk roots towards an electrified future.
Blasting onto stage with Maggie’s Farm, followed by Like a Rolling Stone and Phantom Engineer (which would eventually evolve into It Takes a lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry), Dylan’s Newport appearance was a no-nonsense declaration of independence from the folk Bob Dylan Guitar Auction protest movement.