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26 Aug 2015 12:46
Bob Dylan's manuscript will be auctioned in London on September 29 along with Bruce Springsteen memorabilia . (Chris Pizzello, AP File)
A draft of the lyrics for Bob Dylan’s protest song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall is
going up for auction in London next month and is expected to fetch up to 200
000 pounds ($314 000), Sotheby’s auction house said on August 25.
manuscript, with the date 1962, contains many scribbled revisions and
scratchings-out to the song that Dylan recorded in December 1962 and released
on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan the following year.
A 2014 auction of
Dylan’s 1965 original handwritten lyrics for Like a Rolling Stone fetched just over $2 million at Sotheby’s in New York, setting a record for a
rock music manuscript.
But the Hard
Rain lyrics, described as a draft, are a mixture of type and handwriting,
accounting for the lower auction estimate, Sotheby’s said. A different Dylan
manuscript of the same song fetched $485 000 at the 2014 New York auction.
Among the most
notable changes in the lyrics to be auctioned in September is the final chorus,
where the draft version has the line “It’s a hard rain must fall.”
When the song was recorded, it was changed to “It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna
fall” to conform with the preceding choruses.
The song, like
many of those recorded by Dylan in the 1960s, has been much discussed as to its
Dylan has both suggested and denied that it was written in
response to the Cuban Missile Crisis, although he performed the song at
Carnegie Hall in New York City in September 1962, a few weeks before the crisis
Sotheby’s said the
manuscript is being sold by the family of Elizabeth D’Jazian, ex-wife of
American entertainer and peace activist Hugh “Wavy Gravy” Romney.
will be auctioned in London on September 29 along with Bruce Springsteen
memorabilia from the making of his iconic 1975 album Born to Run.
They include the signed, handwritten
lyrics of the track Jungleland, estimated to fetch 20 000-30 000
pounds ($31 000 - $47 000), and black and white photos of Springsteen and the E
Street Band in the recording studio while working on the album.
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