A Dylan archive comprising 6,000 items including lyrics, photographs, correspondence, films and recordings has been acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa for an estimated price of $15-20 million.
It’s taken two years to catalogue and digitalise everything and it will now be available in the Helmerich Centre for American Research as a resource to academics and hopefully attract more tourists to Tulsa to view it alongside Woody Guthrie material and Native American Art.
Included in the material are unfinished songs and early drafts of others. There are 80 hours of outtakes from the 1967 film “Don’t Look Back” and an old wallet which contains Johnny Cash’s phone number, Otis Redding’s business card, and a letter from George Harrison congratulating Dylan on his album Nashville Skyline.
Mr Zimmerman is ensuring that he won’t be forgotten. And rightly so. He could easily have got the Nobel Prize instead of Leonard Cohen for his poetic lyrics.
Photograph from Daily Telegraph