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    Bob Dylan - Early Reel to Reel Tape with Original Songs and Other Memorabilia (1957-59) Think you've heard every Bob Dylan song? You might want to think again after this.

    In 1958, a young Bob Zimmerman befriended another aspiring musician and songwriter in his hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota, named Richard Kangas. Although there was a difference of several years in age, the two hit it off, cruising around town in Dick Kangas' 1953 Ford, picking up girls, and, most importantly, playing guitar together. In May, 1959, the pair gathered in front of Kangas' reel-to-reel tape deck, and recorded four original songs together. Bob played and sang "I Got Trouble" and "I Got A New Girl", and backed up Kangas on his song, "I Wish I Knew". Those two Dylan songs, among the earliest Dylan originals known, were used in the Martin Scorsese documentary, "No Direction Home:, in 2005. The songs are rough, but one song, which was not used in the film, really hints at what was to come. It's called "The Frog Song", and features Dylan singing in a low, guttural voice, like one of his heroes, Clarence "Frogman" Henry (who used that "croaking" vocal style on the 1956 novelty hit, "Ain't Got No Home"). This is where Bob first uses the idea of singing in a different voice, and it lead to the Woody Guthrie-influenced style made so famous on scores of Dylan classics. It all started here, and this is the only place you'll ever hear it!

    Also included in this special lot is Ric (as he now prefers to be known) Kangas' copy of the 1957 "Hematite" Hibbing High School yearbook, when Kangas was a senior and Dylan a Sophomore (with two photos), plus a scrapbook with notes about Dylan, vintage photos of Kangas (including one on the motorcycle Bob used to like to sit on and pretend he was Marlon Brando in The Wild One, tickets and passes for the premiere of No Direction Home, and otheritems from Mr. Kangas' collection.

    In addition, we are including the cassette tape Mr. Kangas made of the four songs featuring Dylan, plus a CD of the entire tape, which includes a number of other songs recorded without Dylan, and a videotaped interview with Ric Kangas (who has led a very interesting life since his Hibbing days, as a Hollywood stuntman, photographer, sketch artist, and Elvis impersonator, among other things).

    This treasure trove of early Dylan material is as unique as it is significant -- quite a combination, and all the more reason to get your bid in!


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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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