Dylan’s ‘Hard Rain’ lyrics up for auction at Sotheby’s


LONDON — The draft lyrics for one of Bob Dylan’s most influential early songs is going up for auction next month.

Sotheby’s said Tuesday it expects the manuscript of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” to fetch between £150,000 and £200,000 (US$235,000 and US$314,000) at a Sept. 29 London sale.

The auction house says Dylan typed out the lyrics, and made amendments in ink, in a room above the Gaslight Folk Club in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1962. It says the revisions show the creative process behind the landmark song, which portends a revolutionary or cataclysmic change.

Last year the final hand-written lyrics to the song sold for US$485,000 at Sotheby’s in New York. At the same sale a draft of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for US$2 million.