Object of desire
When, in 1965, acoustic folk singer Bob Dylan threw a spanner in the works by ‘going electric’, some in the audience cheered, folk song purists booed and it’s alleged that Pete Seeger tried to cut the sound cables with an axe. The following year he embarked on a world tour playing Robbie Robertson’s Fender Telecaster electric guitar. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the guitar was used extensively by Dylan and Robertson, plus Eric Clapton and George Harrison. You can hear it played by Dylan on Blonde on Blonde (1966) and The Basement Tapes (1975) and by Robertson on The Band’s debut album Music from the Big Pink (1968). Bid for it at Julien’s two-day Music Icons sale, Hard Rock Café NYC and online, May 19, estimate $400,000-$600,000; a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Indian College Fund. See juliens auctions.com.
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