Bob Dylan's hair: An owner's guide
During the course of the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach's messy divorce settlement with his ex-wife Stephanie Gonis, there have been plenty of bitter, personal revelations and accusations thrown around by both parties. But one of the weirdest items revealed throughout the acrimonious process was the fact that in the settlement, Auerbach has agreed to part with an item referred to in court documents as "Bob Dylan Hair."
How much of Dylan's hair was in his possession isn't revealed, nor when, where, or from whom Auerbach obtained the legendary singer's locks, but it now appears like the strands of Bob's unruly mane now belong to Gonis (in addition to the $5 million settlement).
This got us thinking here at Gimme Noise -- not very hard, mind you, because this is just hair we're talking about -- about what era of Dylan's hair would fetch the most money from his die-hard fans and what would be some of the distinguishing characteristics of those particular locks.
Dylan's early days:
While the young singer/songwriter said goodbye to his Midwestern roots and forged a new direction and name for himself out East, his hairstyle reflected the short, perpetually unkempt trend of the burgeoning folk scene of the era. If you were to come across any of Dylan's hair from this time, it would most likely have the essence of the countless couches he crashed on and the numerous coffeehouses he performed in. And whatever the cheapest cigarettes were at the time.
As Dylan's musical career blossomed, so did a messy, snarled afro atop the head of the new "Voice of his Generation." At this point, Bob seemed to not care much about his hairstyle, and the look of exhaustion typically on his face at the time was only augmented by the unwashed mop of hair that adorned his head. While any of Dylan's hair from this time period would no doubt fetch a princely sum, the locks themselves would reek of fatigue, hotel rooms, typewriter ribbons, dark sunglasses, hardcover books and English cigarettes.
While Dylan retreated away from the intense and intrusive spotlight of the music world and the press that came with it, his hairstyle took on a more manicured, cleaner look, while still maintaining the eternally disheveled appearance of an artist at work. Dylan only allowed those he truly trusted to come into his inner circle at this time, so getting some of his hair from this era will prove to be nearly impossible, but if you manage to, these locks will have a strong hint of Woodstock, motorcycles, fur coats, big brass beds, and organic hand-rolled cigarettes.
This was a tumultuous period for Dylan, resulting in his own divorce from his first wife, Sara, in 1977. So, while there was initially plenty of despondency in both his music and his appearance at this time, his mates in the Band helped him start to have fun again. So, his hair grew long again, and his songs grew loose and free. I can imagine that Dylan would have let just about anyone give him a haircut at this time (including Rick Danko), so strands from this era should be easier to get a hold of, while taking on the air of basements, train tracks, Mozambique, top hats, whiteface, and hookahs.