Bob Dylan’s secret archive uncovered

6,000 effects will be permanently housed in Tulsa

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An archive of 6,000 notebooks, photographs, correspondence and recordings kept by Bob Dylan has been bought for an estimated $15m – $20m (£10m – £14m).

The New York Times reports that the University of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Foundation, which also looks after the archive of Woody Guthrie, will be transferred to Oklahoma.

Among the contents – reports BBC News – are an early version of the lyrics to “Subterranean Homesick Blues“. Then called “Look Out Kid“, the lyrics have been carefully typed out, then amended and annotated in pen.


In a statement, Dylan said he was glad his archives had 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.”

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