Bob Dylan 11/23/20

A collection of unpublished song lyrics and other papers of Bob Dylan’s has surfaced and sold at auction. The collection was owned by American blues artist Tony Glover who died last year and was a close friend of Bob Dylan’s. Items were sold as individual lots last week, with a majority of the key pieces going to an unidentified bidder.

Included were Dylan’s musings of anti-Semitism as well as Glover’s 1971 interviews with Dylan and letters the two exchanged. The interviews reveal that Dylan had anti-Semitism on his mind when he changed his name from Robert Zimmerman, and that he wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for Barbra Streisand.

Glover and Dylan broke into music in the same Minneapolis coffeehouse scene. Glover’s widow, Cynthia Nadler, put the documents up for auction online and they sold for $495,000.

TL;DR:

  • A collection of unpublished song lyrics and other papers of Bob Dylan’s has surfaced and sold at auction for $495.000.
  • The collection was owned by American blues artist Tony Glover who died last year.
  • Included were interviews reveal that Dylan had anti-Semitism on his mind when he changed his name from Robert Zimmerman, and that he wrote “Lay Lady Lay” for Barbra Streisand.

SIDE NOTES

  • In a 1971 conversation with Glover, Dylan discussed why he changed his name, saying: “A lot of people are under the impression that Jews are just money lenders and merchants.
  • The reclusive Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2016 after giving the world “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’” and other anthems of the turbulent 1960s.
  • Included in the auctioned items were lyrics Dylan penned after visiting folk legend Woody Guthrie in May 1962. The lines, never made public until last month, read: “My eyes are cracked I think I been framed/ I can’t seem to remember the sound of my name/ What did he teach you I heard someone shout/ Did he teach you to wheel & wind yourself out/ Did he teach you to reveal, respect, and repent the blues/ No Jack he taught me how to sleep in my shoes.”

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