Bob Dylan – Dylan-owned “Like A Rolling Stone” Acetate (Framed)

An archivally framed 10” acetate of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” previously owned by Dylan and used during the making of his 1970 album Self Portrait.

This acetate features a live version of Dylan’s “greatest hit,” recorded at his 1969 concert at the Isle of Wight and released (in a different mix) on Self Portrait.  The acetate was part of a collection of Dylan acetates discovered in 2014 in a five story brownstone at 124 West Houston Street in Greenwich Village.   From approximately 1969 through 1972, Dylan rented the ground  floor of the building for use as a studio (at the time, he lived two blocks away at 94 McDougal St.)  When the owner of the building died in January 2014, her executor found the acetates in two boxes labeled “Old Records,” in a a loft closet above the bedroom (for the complete story and more photos, see the Recordmecca blog.)

The Houston St. Studios acetates originally belonged to Bob Dylan, who either discarded them or left them when he moved out of the building in the early 1970’s. For more than 40 years, they were carefully stored by the building’s owner, and only discovered by chance before the building was put up for sale.  In May, 2014 Recordmecca’s Jeff Gold purchased the entire collection of Houston St. Studios acetates.  Their discovery and acquisition was covered by numerous newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times and  Rolling Stone magazine.

This acetate is in Ex+ condition, probably played no more than once or twice. The label specifies this as “Cut 1” and the version here is a different mix than on the commercially released album.   Included is a digital transfer of the acetate, a copy of a letter of authenticity from the estate’s executor detailing how he discovered the acetates, and Recordmecca’s letter of authenticity/lifetime guarantee signed by Jeff Gold, an internationally recognized Dylan authority.  Dylan’s original manuscript for this song sold at auction in 2014 for just over $2,000,000, setting a world record.  You can own this historic acetate for millions less.  A remarkable Dylan artifact formerly owned by Dylan himself.

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