Also for sale in the "Presley to Punk" auction in New York
will be memorabilia from the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis
Presley, Joni Mitchell and the Rolling Stones.
Dylan's 1965 anthem addressed to "Miss Lonely" and asking "How
does it feel, to be on your own, with no direction home" was a
breakthrough for Dylan and the music industry.
It not only established the former folk singer as a rocker but
also, running more than six minutes, was almost double the
length of pop songs that got radio air time in that era.
"In this near complete four-page working draft the distinctive
often repeated ‘how does it feel’ lyric is clearly visible
alongside unused lines, stray thoughts on American cultural
imagery, and interesting doodles," Sotheby's said in a press
Richard Austin, the expert in charge of the sale, commented:
"This is the Holy Grail of rock lyrics. The release of 'Like A
Rolling Stone' irreversibly changed postwar music history with
one song, Bob Dylan elevated rock music from mere ‘pop’ to the
medium though which youth culture expressed itself."
"The lyrics set down on these four small sheets of paper are a
near complete rendering of the song that resonated like no
other, influencing the course of pop music for the next 50
In 2004, "Like a Rolling Stone" topped Rolling Stone magazine's
list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Other items for auction include a contract that the legendary
guitarist Hendrix signed in 1965 agreeing to perform live and in
the studio for $1.
Sotheby's says this began "the debilitating legal troubles" that
would plague Hendrix for the rest of his musical career.
There also are posters for a Presley concert and for a Rolling
Stones concert in Paris.
(Reporting by Michael Roddy; editing by Angus MacSwan)
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