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Buy Dylan lyrics for $1m

Bob Dylan's draft of the lyrics to 1965 track Like A Rolling Stone are expected to sell for more than $1m at auction next month.

The handwritten words are thought to be the only surviving final draft noted down while the piece was under production.

The pieces of Roger Smith Hotel notepaper also includes ideas and unused lyrics such as the name of gangster Al Capone and the words “Dry vermouth / you’ll tell the truth.”

Auctioneers Sotheby’s say: “In this near complete four-page working draft, the distinctive ‘How does it fell’ lyric is clearly visible alongside unused lines, stray thoughts on American imagery and interesting doodles.”

A set of lyrics for Dylan’s 1975 track Hurricane will also be on sale and are expected to reach up to $600,000. Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, who inspired the song, died last month.

Other items in the New York rock and pop memorabilia auction on June 24 include Joni Mitchell’s notes for Big Yellow Taxi, guitars owned by John Lennon and Eric Clapton plus a Jimi Hendrix contract from 1965.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.