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Bob Dylan Handwritten Signed Lyrics "The Times They Are A-Changin’", A Timeless Anthem Which Reverberates Among All Generations. JSA Authentication.

DYLAN, BOB. Handwritten lyrics signed, “Bob Dylan 2013”, 1p, on The Dorchester, stationery, 8.25" x 11.625", London, England. From the personal collection of Bob Dylan, his beautifully handwritten and signed lyrics to his iconic song, "The Times They Are A-Changin". Accompanied by a full LOA from JSA and a letter stating that the letter signed by Jeff Rosen, Bob Dylan's manager was misplaced. Fine condition. 

We sold another set of "The Times They Are A-Changin" lyrics for $137,500 in October of 2018. 

Scarce handwritten and signed lyrics by Nobel-Prize winning lyricist Bob Dylan of his classic, "The Times They Are a-Changin'". Considered one of the greatest songs ever written, its powerful lyrics have transcended the political turbulence of the 1960s that gave birth to them to inspire subsequent generations, revealing their timelessness in the human experience. In recent years, Dylan has shied away from playing his masterpiece in concert which has imbued it with an almost mythical quality. Dozens of major recording artists have covered the song through the years, including Simon & Garfunkel, Peter Paul & Mary, The Beach Boys, Nina Simone, Billy Joel, Joan Baez, Tracy Chapman, Bryan Ferry and Bruce Springsteen to name a few.

Dylan wrote the song in the fall of 1963, shortly after Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, wanting to create an anthem for social justice. As he said, folk music and the Civil Rights movement were natural allies and he felt he could make a contribution to the movement by writing a powerful, "hypnotic" anthem. It is one of the songs that earned Dylan a Nobel Prize in Literature, as the Nobel Committee wrote: "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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June 22, 2022 10:30 AM EDT
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