New York: Turner and Cunningham, 1962. 1st edition of issue number 1. Stapled wrappers (8 1/2” X 11”), 6 leaves, 5 printed on rectos only (as issued). Soft crease to one corner, near fine (no ex–library marks), and you will only see a finer copy in the dreams you will have after breathing deeply over an open paint can. The 1st publication of any of the Nobel Laureate’s original, copyrighted lyrics, a full printing of Talking John Birch [Paranoid Blues], along with 4 more songs and a poem written by others. Talking John Birch was recorded (April 24, 1962) for The Freewheelin’ [Bob Dylan], his 2nd album, but Columbia Records ultimately suppressed the album over that song. John Birch was replaced just before the album’s release, as were 3 other songs because, by then, Dylan thought he had 3 better ones (he did). But a few original copies, from old metal stampers, escaped and the 1st version, with the 4 quashed songs, is rare and lewdly expensive at auction ($150,000 stereo, $11,000 and $30,000 mono, all in 2022). John Birch was finally released in 1991 on the first album of the Bootleg series. Near fine. Item #827
The circle of the arts includes sculpture, architecture, literature, furniture, painting, drawing, goldsmithing, printmaking, landscaping, ceramics, industrial design, photography, gastronomy, haut couture, music, dance, cinema, animation, drama, and 30 other domains. Their influence waxes and wanes with the fashion (industrial design seems foremost right now, just look at your iPhone), but in the 1960s, music shaped a surfacing generation’s zeitgeist more than any other art discipline, and Bob Dylan’s lyrics were undeniably the most impactful of all. 60 years later he is still around, mitigated, but capable of surprising us at any moment. Our book though, is from the breaking dawn, Dylan as beginner, the hatching of a matchless human manifestation, unlike any other.