Jul 08, 2022

Dylan's new Blowin' In The Wind sells for £1.5m

A one-off re-recording of Bob Dylan singing his 1963 classic Blowin' In The Wind has sold at auction for almost £1.5 million.

The release is the first new studio recording of the song since Dylan wrote it in 1962 and was sold by Christie's in London on Thursday.

Bidding lasted just four minutes - coincidentally the same as the running time of the song itself.

The sale beat Christie's original estimate of £600,000 - £1 million.

The name of the bidder has yet to be revealed. The auction house said it was "pleased with the excellent result".

Dylan's new version of Blowin' In The Wind was presented on a unique "Ionic Original" disc - a patented technology that promises to deliver higher quality audio than normal vinyl.

The disc is made of aluminium, treated with a layer of nitrocellulose then coated with a sapphire and quartz gradient, but is playable on any regular turntable.

It's the brainchild of Grammy-winning musician T Bone Burnett, who also produced and played on the new Dylan's recording.

"We recorded it live," he told the BBC earlier this week, "and I think we did it in one take, if I'm not mistaken".

"It felt holy. It always feels holy for me, playing with Bob."

Dylan delivers the lyrics with the hard-won wisdom of his 81 years, turning an angry young man's protest song into a more contemplative reflection on humanity's inability to learn from its mistakes.

Unlike the original, he is backed by a small band, including Greg Leisz on mandolin and Don Was on bass.

(BBC News)