Bob Dylan – Extremely Rare Signed 1964 Royal Festival Hall Concert Program (From 1st UK Appearance)

An extremely rare autographed Bob Dylan concert program from his first ever UK performance, at the Royal Festival Hall, London on May 17, 1964.  Dylan has hastily signed his photograph on the front cover, almost certainly just after the show ended (see below.)

The 8 page program includes an ad for his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which had just entered the UK charts. There is also a “programme” listing songs (“Bob Dylan will introduce his own programme and will select much of it from-“), a reprint of an article by San Francisco critic Ralph J. Gleason, and Dylan’s essay “My Life in a Stolen Moment”.

Clinton Heylin’s A Life in Stolen Moments notes of this concert, ‘Dylan plays to a sellout audience on a fine Sunday afternoon.  The London Times reviewer compares Dylan to Segovia in the way he holds an audience spellbound throughout a two-hour show…Dylan unveils three new compositions to the London audience: ‘Chimes of Freedom,’ “Mr. Tambourine Man,’ and ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe.’…After the show, the delighted Dylan signs autographs at the front of the stage [very likely including this one.]  As he leaves the hall by the stage door, Dylan is mobbed and forced to return inside until an alternative escape route can be organized.’

At the time of this show, Dylan was at a creative peak; just three weeks later, in a single session on June 9, Dylan recorded the entirety of his next album, Another Side of Bob Dylan.

The accompanying letter of authenticity from a former owner notes, in part, ‘I was given it as a Dylan fan when I was a teenager by a family member over 50 years ago.  It has been in my files since that day.  My motivation for selling it is more about passing it onto a fan, rather than it sitting in a file.’

The program has been authenticated by Recordmecca’s Jeff Gold, a Dylan handwriting expert who appraised over 5000 handwritten Dylan items in The Bob Dylan Archive for Dylan’s management.  His letter of authenticity serves as Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee.

In very good condition, with a long flattened horizontal fold down the middle, a diagonal fold above the bottom right corner, and tape pulls to the front,. A very rare 1964 Dylan autograph on an extremely rare artifact.  This is only the second example of this program we’ve had in more than 40 years of dealing in Dylan memorabilia.

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