Sotheby’s to sell Dylan work
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 release.
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.”
In 2004, “Like a Rolling Stone” topped Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Posters for an Elvis Presley concert and for a Rolling Stones concert in Parisare also on sale.