Ownership of Bob Dylan’s Historic Guitar in Dispute on Premiere of PBS’ “History Detectives”
In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles. The electric guitar that Bob Dylan plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 may be the most historic instrument in rock music, and it has sat mostly unnoticed in a New Jersey attic for most of the 47 years since. Dylan left it behind in an airplane and it was taken home by the pilot. The late pilot's daughter recently took it to PBS' "History Detectives," who authenticated the potentially fortune-making find in an episode that will air starting next Tuesday, July 17. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File.
Bob Dylan and historians at PBS are in a dispute over the whereabouts of an electric guitar that the singer plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, quite possibly the most historic single instrument in rock ‘n’ roll.
The New Jersey daughter of a pilot who flew Dylan to appearances in the 1960s says she has the guitar, which has spent much of the past 47 years in a family attic. But a lawyer for Dylan claims the singer still has the Fender Stratocaster with the sunburst design that he used during one of the most memorable performances of his career.
If the authentic “Dylan goes electric” guitar ever went on the open marketplace, experts say it could fetch as much as a half million dollars.
The guitar is the centerpiece of next Tuesday’s season premiere of PBS’ “History Detectives,” and the show said late Wednesday it stood by its conclusion that Dawn Peterson, the pilot’s daughter who works as a customer relations manager for an energy company, has the right instrument.
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