A 2010 handwritten lyric sheet for Bob Dylan's 1965 song “Like A Rolling Stone” was sold at auction for $70,400. According to the press release announcing the sale via Julien's Auctions, the lyrics appear on “A stationery sheet from The Dorchester, London, with handwritten lyrics in black pen by Bob Dylan. Dylan has titled the song and signed at the bottom 'Bob Dylan 2010.' The four verses of the song are handwritten together with the four choruses. (The lyric sheet is) accompanied by a typed, signed letter from Jeff Rosen, president of Bob Dylan Music Company, certifying that the manuscript was one of the four handwritten and signed by Dylan.”
Back in 2014, an early draft of “Like A Rolling Stone,” featuring unused lyrics, sold at auction for a whopping $2.045 million.
Bob Dylan's “Like A Rolling Stone,” which was released on July 20th, 1965, not only revolutionized the way pop lyrics were written and sung, but ultimately pushed the boundaries as to how long a hit single could actually be. “Like A Rolling Stone,” which clocked in at 6:06, had the time listed as 5:59 on the label of the vinyl 45, in an effort to fool Top 40 disc jockeys into playing it. In August 1965 “Like A Rolling Stone” — which was the lead track on his Highway 61 Revisited album — peaked at Number Two in the charts, Dylan's highest charting single to date.
In 1988, when Bruce Springsteen inducted Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he spoke about the impact “Like A Rolling Stone” had on him and his generation: “The first time I heard Bob Dylan, I was in the car with my mother listening to WMCA, and on came that snare shot that sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind. . . When I was 15 and I heard 'Like A Rolling Stone,' I heard a guy who had the guts to take on the whole world and who made me feel like I had to too. Maybe some people misunderstood that voice as saying that somehow Bob was going to do the job for them, but as we grow older, we learn that there isn't anybody out there who can do that job for anybody else.”
Rolling Stone magazine's associate editor — and son of Boz Scaggs — Austin Scaggs says that Dylan has made a concerted effort over the past decade to seem less enigmatic to the public: “It's obvious that in the past few years, y'know, Dylan it seems has made has kind of made a point to strengthen out some of the historical inaccuracies of what the press has written or what's been perceived about him.”
Bob Dylan will next perform on June 21st in Bergen, Norway.