Dylanology: 'Blood on the Tracks' Manuscripts & More on Display at Brady Arts

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com | Mar 02, 2016 04:37 PM EST
American folk pop singer Bob Dylan at a press conference in London. (Photo : Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

If you're a Dylanologist, then you've hit the motherload. As it's been reported, a secret archive of Bob Dylan memorabilia, stretching from unreleased recordings and concert footage to Blood on the Tracks manuscripts, has been bought by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and is on exhibit in the Brady Arts District.

According to a press release, the Dylan archive is available to the public and was purchased for a nominal $15-20 million. The nostalgic items have been transported to Oklahoma, and news outlets reveal that the archive is chock full of BOTT writings, a wallet from 1966 with Johnny Cash's information stuffed in the fold and a business card from Otis Redding.

With this latest purchase by the Kaiser Foundation and the University of Tulsa, one might think that this is a tribute to the late-Dylan. But if you know anything about anything, you know Mr. Bob Dylan is just hiding back in the shadows as it all unfolds.

But that didn't prevent him from sharing a humble sentiment about the recent acquisition:

"I'm glad that my archives, which have been collected all these years, have finally found a home and are to be included with the works of Woody Guthrie and especially alongside all the valuable artifacts from the Native American Nations. To me it makes a lot of sense and it's a great honor."

It isn't the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, of which sports one languid piece of Dylan memorabilia that hardly embodies the musician's persona, but it will be on show in Oklahoma and will be available to the public.

Imagine seeing Dylan's works curated in a museum (other than his paintings) as part of the walls. An interesting notion, indeed.

So while you book your trip to see the new exhibit, preview Dylan's iconic Blood on the Tracks below.

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