Bob Dylan heads lineup in RR Auction music event Nov. 19

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s January 1962 signed letter to Tony Glover, ‘This world is yours, take it easy but take it’— Dylan quotes his musical idol, Woody Guthrie. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. RR Auction image

BOSTON – RR Auction’s latest Marvels of Modern Music sale, which closes Nov. 19, is led by the collection of blues musician and writer Tony Glover, a personal friend of Bob Dylan. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

Tony Glover (1939–2019) was a musician, writer and critic, who befriended Bob Dylan in the Minneapolis coffeehouse scene where they would, on occasion, share the same stage. He was one of the few hometown friends that Dylan stayed in touch with after going to New York City. Dylan dedicated his prose-poem contribution to the 1963 Newport Folk Festival program to Glover, calling him a “best friend in the highest form.”

Among the top items are early 1960s letters from Dylan to Glover; included is a Dylan signed letter to Glover from January 1962. The one-page handwritten letter (above) thrice-signed from Bob Dylan, with the original hand-addressed mailing envelope, postmarked Jan. 20, 1962, with Dylan striking through the ‘Book of the Month Club’ address field and writing: “Bob Dylan, Earle Hotel, New York.” Letter to blues musician Dave Glover, in part (spelling and grammar retained): “Back now in that city and thinking of all that whistling harmonica music you are making back there in that dungeon hole … Seen ol Dave Ray and sorta introduced him around. We went one time to see John Lee Hooker paying his dues to the blues at Folky City … I was up in Schenectady last week playing and singing—I spent so much money that I went in the hole and had to play an extra nite just to get back to New York … I’m a gonna take Dave Ray to see Gary Davis sometime soon—Dave then would automatically be 10 times better…If you wanna write me—send a letter to Bob Dylan—Earle Hotel—Washington Square North—New York, N.Y. That’s about all for now I guess. I’m starting to play poker sometimes to pass my worries away—I got about 25 dollars worth of worries now … O.K. S.B. Williamson—if you got time drop a line or something like that.” Dylan concludes with a famous quote from Woody Guthrie—”This world is yours, take it easy but take it, Woody Guthrie”—and then adds a signed postscript: “My girlfriend says that you don’t sign your full name to friends so Me, Bob.”

Also included are transcripts of an unpublished 1971 interview hand-annotated by Dylan himself. Included is a typed 37-page transcript of Bob Dylan’s interview with Tony Glover on March 22, 1971, extensively annotated by Dylan (below). On 36 page, Dylan strikes through passages and pens new thoughts as he revises his own story. The upper right corner is annotated in felt tip by Tony Glover, “BD, D – Corrected, 1st Correction.” It also includes an original, uncorrected copy of the transcript.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan hand-annotated 1971 interview transcript. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. RR Auction image

Among the numerous topics discussed here are critical assessments of his craft—about which he writes, “My work is a moving thing”—early musical influences while growing up in Hibbing, his identity, meeting Woody Guthrie in 1961, the recording of his first albums with producer John Hammond, writing Blowing in the Win‘ and A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall, coverage in the media, the Ali-Frazier fight, walking on the moon, drugs, “going electric” at Newport in 1965, his motorcycle accident and his influence on popular music.

Bob Dylan

Never-before-seen handwritten lyrics from Dylan, penned after a visit with Woody Guthrie in May 1962. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. RR Auction image

After playfully reflecting on changing his name from Robert Zimmerman to Bob Dylan—”I mean it wouldn’t’ve worked if I’d changed the name to Bob Levy. Or Bob Neuwirth. Or Bob Doughnut. It wouldn’t of worked.” The archive also includes audiotapes of interviews with Dylan, Hendrix and The Doors.

Other highlights of the sale are a stage-worn Bob Marley shirt, stage-used guitars of Ace Frehley and Roy Buchanan, a remarkable archive of Johnny Cash letters, a multitude of Beatles pieces, a rare handwritten John Lennon letter lashing out against “Jesus Freaks” and much more.

Bob Dylan

Shirt worn on stage by reggae legend Bob Marley at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif., on July 23, 1978, as part of the second North American leg of the Kaya Tour with the Wailers. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. RR Auction image

Online bidding for the Marvels of Modern Music Auction from RR Auction will begin Nov. 12 and conclude Nov. 19.


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