Well-known as a legend
Bob Dylan was a singer-songwriter who was born in Minnesota. In the early 1960s, he started to be seen in New York's Greenwich Village. He has gone on to become one of probably the most influential voices in American pop music. He sold millions of copies of records of his wonderful songs. Some of the biggest names in music have covered him including the Ramones and Sam Cooke.
Heavily annotated pages
Some of the manuscripts are typed, while others are hand-written. There is lots of editing, including handwritten notes, to them.
Crayon was even used for some of the lyric changes. There are a few with alternate lines. Many drafts have something like this to them. Other parts of the lines that were not yet written could have been inspired by the feature groups of rhyming words. The notes make it clear how Dylan wrote music. His method could very easily be studied.
All of the titles
According to Christie's, the original drafts belonged to Dylan's manager at one point, Albert Grossman. The auction will contain titles such as "Subterranean Homesick Blues, "Queen Jane Approximately," "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream," and "Visions of Johanna."
Included in the sale are five early drafts of songs from the classic 1965 album "Bringing it all Back Home." One integrated is called "I Ain't Gonna Work on Maggie's Farm No More." This ended up recording as "Maggie's Farm." It is expected to get from $70,000 to $90,000 alone.
Dylan in the '60s
"The mid '60s, especially 1964-1966, were a true watershed for Dylan," said Chris Coover. He is a spokesperson for Christie's. "In that period his lyrics became deeper and more personal, while his songs moved away from the acoustic, folk-inflected style, and he forged a unique personal style as poet and songwriter."
Money spent on other lyrics
At Sotheby's, "The Times They're A-Changin'" sold for $42,000 last December as a Bob Dylan handwritten song. John Lennon's manuscript of the Beatles classic "A Day in the Life" fetched $1.2 million at sale a year ago.
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Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm" from 1976 concert