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1960s Collection of Significant Bob Dylan Related Items Including Program from His First Appearance with an Electric Guitar!

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,303.50

This collection of rare and historically significant 1960s Bob Dylan concert memorabilia is highlighted by a 1965 Newport Folk Festival concert program, which is the concert where Bob Dylan first appeared on stage with an electric guitar. When Dylan broke from tradition that day, using an electric guitar instead of an acoustic model, it was a watershed event in the history of rock music. Dylan's three-song set received mixed reviews at the time, as a smattering of boos were heard in the crowd at the end of his performance. It has, however, always been debated whether the fans were booing Dylan's use of electric as opposed to the sound quality provided or his short performance. Regardless of how it was perceived at the time, the transition marked an important new chapter both in Dylan's musical career and the course of rock history. The 64-page program features a short biography and photo of Dylan in the performers section, where he is described as "The highly popular, controversial songwriter and singer from Hibbing, Minn." The festival schedule shows Dylan appearing at the 8:00 p.m. evening concert on Sunday, July 25th. (The festival ran from July 22nd through the 25th.) A picture of Dylan accompanies an article he authored titled "Off the Top of My Head," which appears on page seventeen. The program (8.5 x 11 inches) displays moderate handling wear, including light soiling to the covers, and is in Excellent condition overall. The remainder of the collection is comprised of the following: 1) 1964 Newport Folk Festival concert program. Dylan performed at the concert and the program includes a short biography of him (no photo). A photo of Dylan's album, The Times They Are A-Changin', is pictured prominently in a full-page advertisement by Columbia Records. 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex-Mt. 2) 1964 Newport Folk Festival official pass. The square paper pass (3 x 3 inches), numbered "155," would have been given to performers or special guests for entry into the concert. Upon entry, it would be stamped "Void" as this one is (twice) so that it could not be used again. The pass displays glue residue on the reverse, probably from having once been mounted in an album, otherwise in Near Mint condition. 3) 1965 small paper handbill heralding a concert by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. The colorful handbill features illustrations of each performer and reads "In Concert - Joan Baez & Bob Dylan." This is a "tour blank" example, as it does not feature a date or venue on it. These "tour blanks" would be distributed locally as the tour moved from city to city, with the local promoters then adding the pertinent information along the white, blank top border. This design was only used for a short period of time in 1965 because, for reasons unknown, Dylan did not like it. The handbill (5.5 x 9.5 inches) displays very light toning along the edges and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. Total: 4 items (2 programs, pass, and handbill). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,303.50


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