Dylan is going forward at full speed. At Newport on July 25, 1965 the audience was coming to hear soft music. They are outraged by the electric music of Dylan who at only 24 years old was one of the most anticipated stars of that folk festival.
This provocation was premeditated. Five days earlier Like a rolling stone had been released as a single. The performance is however improvised with a band of accompaniment musicians formed at the very last minute with a few friends. The technique does not follow and the sound quality is dismal.
Nothing stops Dylan who is now the great traitor of the folk, but he must manage more professionally for preparing his Electric Tour that will ensure the success of his new style around the world. The group The Hawks is selected to accompany him.
Robbie Robertson, guitarist of The Hawks, easily convinces Dylan that the Fender Stratocaster he played in Newport is not suitable for a project of this magnitude. This model is too heavy and too likely to go out of tune. Throughout his tours from September 1965 to July 1966 Dylan plays a brand new Fender Telecaster owned by Robertson.
This explains why the Stratocaster of his Newport fame no longer interested him. Forgotten in an airplane a few months after Newport, it resurfaced in 2011 and was sold for $ 965K including premium by Christie's on December 6, 2013.
Dylan's career is interrupted by a motorcycle accident and The Hawks becomes The Band. Robertson uses the Telecaster of the Electric Tour in live concerts of The Band including the Woodstock Festival in 1969. His guitar is estimated $ 400K for sale by Julien's in New York on May 19, lot 491. Here is the link to the press release.
Robertson tells in the video shared by Darren Julien that this guitar has remained up to now one of his favorite instruments.
SOLD for $ 490K including premium