Dylan’s guitar from Newport to be auctioned in NYC

This undated photo provided by Christie’s shows the Fender Stratocaster a young Bob Dylan played at the historic 1965 Newport Folk Festival. On Dec. 6, 2013, it could bring as much as half a million dollars when it comes up for auction in New York. The festival marked the first time Dylan went electric, a defining moment that marked his move from acoustic folk to electric rock and roll, drawing boos from folk-music purists. (AP Photo/Christie’s)

This undated photo provided by Christie’s shows the Fender Stratocaster a young Bob Dylan played at the historic 1965 Newport Folk Festival. On Dec. 6, 2013, it could bring as much as half a million dollars when it comes up for auction in New York. The festival marked the first time Dylan went electric, a defining moment that marked his move from acoustic folk to electric rock and roll, drawing boos from folk-music purists. (AP Photo/Christie’s)

This undated photo provided by Christie’s shows the Fender Stratocaster a young Bob Dylan played at the historic 1965 Newport Folk Festival. On Dec. 6, 2013, it could bring as much as half a million dollars when it comes up for auction at Christie’s New York. The festival marked the first time Dylan went electric, a defining moment that marked his move from acoustic folk to electric rock and roll, drawing boos from folk-music purists. (AP Photo/Christie’s)

(AP) — The sunburst Fender Stratocaster that a young Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival when he famously went electric, perhaps the most historic instrument in rock ‘n’ roll, is coming up for auction, where it could bring as much as half a million dollars.

Though now viewed as changing American music forever, Dylan’s three-song electric set at the Rhode Island festival that marked his move from acoustic folk to electric rock ‘n’ roll was met by boos from folk purists in the crowd who viewed him as a traitor. He returned for an acoustic encore with “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

The guitar is being offered for sale Dec. 6, Christie’s told The Associated Press. Five lots of hand- and typewritten lyric fragments found inside the guitar case — early versions of some of Dylan’s legendary songs — also are being sold. The lyrics have a pre-sale estimate ranging from $3,000 to $30,000.

With a classic sunburst finish and original flat-wound strings, the guitar has been in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years. Dylan left it on a private plane piloted by the owner’s late father, Vic Quinto, who worked for Dylan’s manager.

His daughter, Dawn Peterson, of Morris County, N.J., has said her father asked the management company what to do with the guitar but nobody ever got back to him.

Last year, she took it to the PBS show “History Detectives” to try to have it authenticated. The program enlisted the expertise of Andy Babiuk, a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and owner of an upstate New York vintage instrument shop, and Jeff Gold, a Dylan memorabilia expert. Both men, who appeared on the episode, unequivocally declared the artifacts belonged to Dylan.

Babiuk took the instrument apart and also compared it to close-up color photos of the guitar taken at the 1965 festival.

“I was able to match the wood grain on the body of the guitar … and the unique grain of the rosewood fingerboard. Wood grains are like fingerprints, no two are exactly alike,” Babiuk said in an interview. “Based on the sum of the evidence, I was able to identify that this guitar was the one that Bob Dylan had played in Newport.”

Dylan’s attorney and his publicist did not respond to email and phone requests for comment. Dylan and Peterson, who declined to be interviewed, recently settled a legal dispute over the items.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed but allowed Peterson to sell the guitar and lyrics, according to Rolling Stone, which wrote in July about Peterson’s quest to authenticate the guitar.

“Representatives for Bob Dylan do not contest the sale of the guitar, and are aware of Christie’s plan to bring it to auction,” a statement issued through Christie’s said.

Dylan has generally looked upon his instruments to convey his art, akin to a carpenter’s hammer, Howard Kramer, curatorial director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said last year. “I don’t think he’s dwelled on a guitar he hasn’t played for 47 years,” he said. “If he cared about it, he would have done something about it.”

Festival founder George Wein told the AP that when Dylan finished playing, Wein was backstage and told him to go back out and play an acoustic number because that’s what people expected. Dylan said he didn’t want to do it and said he couldn’t because he only had the electric guitar. Wein called out for a loaner backstage and about 20 musicians raised their acoustic guitars to offer them.

The lyrics for sale include “In the Darkness of Your Room,” an early draft of “Absolutely Sweet Marie” from Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album, and three songs from the record’s 1965 recording session that were not released until the 1980s: “Medicine Sunday” (the draft is titled “Midnight Train”), “Jet Pilot” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover.”

Dylan’s “going electric changed the structure of folk music,” the 88-year-old Wein said. “The minute Dylan went electric, all these young people said, ‘Bobby’s going electric, we’re going electric, too.'”


Associated Press writer Michelle R. Smith in Providence, R.I., contributed to this report.

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How a Simple Circuit Breakthrough Could Double Your Bandwidth

How a Simple Circuit Breakthrough Could Double Your Bandwidth

As we all desperately claw after more bandwidth to sate our unquenchable thirst for data, there may yet be an oddly affordable solution; a simple piece of circuitry and software that can double bandwidth in the blink of an eye.

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Android Central Live: Multiscreen SDK senior developer Alan Queen

Software doesn't 'just work' — it takes a little help from folks like the Multiscreen SDK team

At the beginning of the Samsung Developers Conference one of the things we saw was the new casting feature Samsung is building into their new televisions. Using the new Multiscreen SDK, it's for more than just Android. Designed with the living room and your TV clearly in mind, it works with Android, iOS and JavaScript to help get content where you want to see it.

Alan explains that there are four key areas they had in mind when developing the SDK, and those are the discovery phase, the launch phase, the connect phase and the communication phase. Helping developers tackle these steps the right way will make for software that feels like magic — and every developer wants the user to think of their software as magical.

That's what Alan and his team are trying to do. Check out the video for a little of the "how" they plan to make it all happen.

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‘Bad Grandpa’ tops box office with $32M

Johnny Knoxville, a la izquierda, como Irving Zisman, y Jackson Nicoll, como Billy en la cinta Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”, de Paramount Pictures y MTV Films. La película copó las taquillas este fin de semana en cines de Estados Unidos y Canadá y relegó al segundo puesto a la cinta “Gravity”. (AP Foto/Paramount Pictures, Sean Cliver)

Johnny Knoxville, a la izquierda, como Irving Zisman, y Jackson Nicoll, como Billy en la cinta Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”, de Paramount Pictures y MTV Films. La película copó las taquillas este fin de semana en cines de Estados Unidos y Canadá y relegó al segundo puesto a la cinta “Gravity”. (AP Foto/Paramount Pictures, Sean Cliver)

Actor Johnny Knoxville attends a special screening of “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” at the Sunshine Landmark Theater on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(AP) — With theaters heavy in dramatic offerings, Johnny Knoxville’s silly stunts captivated weekend moviegoers.

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” stole the No.1 spot from three-week box-office champ, “Gravity,” with $32 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend, according to totals released Monday.

“Gravity” sunk to second place, followed by “Captain Phillips.” Another drama, the star-studded “The Counselor,” debuted in fourth place with $7.8 million.

The acclaimed “12 Years a Slave,” playing in just 123 locations, edged into the top 10 with an impressive $2.1 million and the highest per-theater average of any film this week.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

1. “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Paramount, $32,055,177, 3,336 locations, $9,609 average, $32,055,177, 1 week.

2. “Gravity,” Warner Bros., $20,135,387, 3,707 locations, $5,432 average, $199,649,748, 4 weeks.

3. “Captain Phillips,” Sony, $11,642,040, 3,143 locations, $3,704 average, $69,916,083, 3 weeks.

4. “The Counselor,” 20th Century Fox, $7,842,930, 3,044 locations, $2,577 average, $7,842,930, 1 week.

5. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” Sony, $6,275,325, 3,111 locations, $2,017 average, $100,786,579, 5 weeks.

6. “Carrie,” Sony, $5,988,713, 3,157 locations, $1,897 average, $26,110,068, 2 weeks.

7. “Escape Plan,” Lionsgate, $4,558,239, 2,883 locations, $1,581 average, $17,641,821, 2 weeks.

8. “12 Years a Slave,” Fox Searchlight, $2,134,325, 123 locations, $17,352 average, $3,394,268, 2 weeks.

9. “Enough Said,” Fox Searchlight, $1,588,004, 835 locations, $1,902 average, $13,054,096, 6 weeks.

10. “Prisoners,” Warner Bros., $1,068,339, 1,347 locations, $793 average, $59,127,401, 6 weeks.

11. “Insidious Chapter 2,” FilmDistrict, $880,293, 1,229 locations, $716 average, $82,133,678, 7 weeks.

12. “Rush,” Universal, $700,695, 667 locations, $1,051 average, $25,856,534, 6 weeks.

13. “We’re The Millers,” Warner Bros., $582,445, 786 locations, $741 average, $148,561,678, 12 weeks.

14. “Fifth Estate,” Disney, $570,890, 1,769 locations, $323 average, $2,848,356, 2 weeks.

15. “Runner Runner,” 20th Century Fox, $560,118, 969 locations, $578 average, $18,819,538, 4 weeks.

16. “Baggage Claim,” Fox Searchlight, $560,046, 594 locations, $943 average, $20,837,814, 5 weeks.

17. “I’m In Love With A Church Girl,” High Top Releasing, $506,315, 458 locations, $1,105 average, $1,716,487, 2 weeks.

18. “All Is Lost,” Roadside Attractions, $502,530, 81 locations, $6,204 average, $640,717, 2 weeks.

19. “Don Jon,” Relativity Media, $495,999, 540 locations, $919 average, $23,501,622, 5 weeks.

20. “Despicable Me 2,” Universal, $390,370, 379 locations, $1,030 average, $364,248,630, 17 weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain and OS X Mavericks

How to generate a password with iCloud Keychain and OS X Mavericks

If you’ve upgraded your Mac to OS X Mavericks, you’ve got iCloud Keychain built right into Safari now. This means you can auto-generate passwords for any website or service that supports the feature. iCloud Keychain will then sync your generate passwords between all your Macs and iOS devices so you don’t even have to remember them any longer. Most importantly, having strong and differentiated passwords is more secure as well. Here’s how to generate a password in OS X Mavericks:

Before continuing, be aware that a lot of sites don’t yet recognize iCloud Keychain’s password generation feature or don’t allow the saving of passwords. If you get an error like below, you aren’t doing anything wrong, that site just doesn’t allow password generation, so you’ll have to create your own and simply save it to iCloud Keychain manually.

  1. Launch Safari on your Mac running OS X Mavericks.
  2. Navigate to the website you’d like to create a login for or change the password for.
  3. Once you’re in a password field, you will see a popup from iCloud Keychain suggesting a strong password for you.
  4. Click on Use Safari suggested password.
  5. Finish filling out anything you need to and save your changes.

That’s all there is to it. iCloud Keychain will now sync the new password across all your iPhones, iPads, and Macs for use on any of them.


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Jennifer Lawrence And Marion Cotillard Star In New Christian Dior Ads

Miss Dior & Lady Dior Get To Werk

Academy Award winners and two of my personal faves Jennifer Lawrence and Marion Cotillard both have campaigns with Christian Dior. We’ve seen some gorgeous promo ads from these ladies, with J-Law recently modeling the Miss Dior handbag collection, and Marion going Old Hollywood for Lady Dior. New photos of both ladies werking their respective campaigns have just been posted on the Dior Tumblr page, and you have to check them out. Jennifer looks ah-friggen-mazing in Dior menswear, and Marion is rocking some summer looks. So yeah, bow down, etc., etc. and peep the gallery for more!


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The ‘Independence Day’ Sequel Apparently Has Two Scripts, One Starring Will Smith

There’s Still A Possiblity He’ll Return For The Lead Role

My favorite thing about the Independence Day sequel is the fact that Michael B. Jordan could possibly be taking on the lead role in the film. We’ve been hearing conflicting reports about whether or not Will Smith is in or out, but I am personally pulling for Jordan to star in the sequel to the original blockbuster. But today we have another update on the film. Apparently, two separate scripts have been written for the sequel, one with Will Smith in the lead and another without. Click inside to learn more.

Paste Magazine has the deets:

Will Smith may or may not be returning to reprise his role as Captain Steven Hiller in the upcoming Independence Day sequel, according to director Roland Emmerich.

According to The Playlist, Smith’s role in the film is still uncertain and has caused writer Jamie Vanderbilt to write two separate scripts: one with Smith and one without.

Emmerich, currently promoting the Blu-ray/DVD release for White House Down, revealed to The Playlist that trying to get the film together was “A daily battle…the budget, the schedules, the actors…” but that “It’s looking good.” Emmerich also addressed the question of whether or not the film would be broken up into two parts. “I thought about spending four years of my life on one movie and I didn’t want to turn into something from the movie. It’s a movie about aliens, I don’t want to turn into an alien.”

Supposedly actors Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum will also return for the sequel as President Whitmore and David Levinson. Independence Day 2 is set to be released July 3, 2015.

It sounds like things are definitely in a state of limbo right now, and it’s going to be interesting to see how things turn out. I’m sure lots of folks want to see Will Smith come back and do the damn thing, but I’m rooting for Jordan… with his sexy ass. LOL, no but he’s hella talented too. Hopefully, whichever way they go with casting, the sequel is as good a time as the first.


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Box Office: Friday Shows ‘Jackass: Bad Grandpa’ Punking ‘Gravity’ With $25 Million-Plus Debut

If Friday traffic is any indication, Paramount and MTV Films’ outrageous R-rated comedy Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa looks to be the film to finally steal the box office crown from space epic Gravity, which has ruled the roost for three weeks.

Featuring Johnny Knoxville and sidekick Jackson Nicoll, Bad Grandpa is pacing to score $25 million for the weekend.

Gravity, which has stayed at No. 1 since its Oct. 4 launch, is expected to earn $20 million for the weekend. The Warner Bros. film has turned into a box office sensation, earning north of $300 million to date.

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Bad Grandpa, the first Jackass film to have any sort of plot, stars Knoxville as signature character Irving Zisman, a crotchety 86-year-old, and Nicoll as 8-year-old grandson Billy. The outrageous duo embark on a hidden-camera road trip across America, performing stunts and punking people. Along the way they encounter, among others, male strippers, disgruntled child beauty pageant contestants and bikers.

Jeff Tremaine returns to direct, and he produces alongside Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Derek Freda.

Knoxville is the only Jackass regular to appear in the film, which Paramount stresses is a spinoff and cost a modest $15 million to produce.

The weekend’s other new nationwide offering is Ridley Scott‘s star-packed drama The Counselor, from an original screenplay by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy (his first). Based on early Friday numbers, the R-rated film is pacing to open in the $10 million range, a major disappointment considering Scott’s pedigree and stars Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt.

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It may fare better overseas, where it begins rolling out this weekend in a handful of markets, including Brazil.

The Counselor, starring Fassbender as a greedy lawyer who gets caught up with drug traffickers, has received mostly negative reviews. Insiders say the film was a vanity project for Scott, but that it reportedly cost only $25 million to make, with talent taking a drastically reduced fee in order to work with Scott.

Scott, who has longtime ties to Fox, last directed Prometheus for the studio.

The Counselor opens at a time of major transition for Fox’s domestic marketing operation, which has suffered a string of box office disappointments. Last week, studio CEO/chairman Jim Gianopulos put international presidents Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus in charge of worldwide marketing and showed domestic marketing co-president Oren Aviv the door. Tony Sella, the other co-president, said he was resigning but then had a change of heart. His fate remains unclear. Sella now reports to Jegeus and Hanneman, instead of Gianopulos.

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Feel the fury of the ‘Paulcano’


CM Punk’s dropped his fair share of pipe bombs over the years, but not even “The Best in the World” has rained down fire on unsuspecting villagers and destroyed their houses. In a manic tirade sparked by a backstage interview with Renee Young, Paul Heyman took his hatred for Punk to a new extreme, likening himself to an uncontrollable volcanic force of nature as he prepares to team with Ryback against Punk in a Handicap Hell in a Cell Match this Sunday.

We can’t help but applaud Renee for not only maintaining a straight face amidst the chaos, but for resisting the urge to vacate the area as an incensed Heyman blew his top.

WWE.com editors still can’t get enough of the ECW mastermind’s explosive rant, which inspired this nightmare-inducing image of a Punk-melting “Paulcano.” Gaze at its baffling magnificence, then relive Heyman’s entire fiery tirade below.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! It’s an execution live on WWE pay-per-view, as “The Best in the World” CM Punk straps me into the electric chair, puts the poison into my veins, lines me up in front of the firing squad and pulls the trigger himself! For the first time ever — and for the first time ever again — it will never, ever happen … as a non-participant gets locked inside of a cell with a man who doesn’t spend his night fantasizing about the Diiiiivas. CM Punk spends his night fantasizing and obsessing about the massacre he wants to inflict upon Paul Heyman. CM Punk wants to take me down, take me out, DRIVE ME AWAY from WWE forever.

But just like when a volcano is trapped inside of a dormant mountain. When that volcano finally erupts and the lava — the molten lava — drips down the side of the mountain … I’m just like that lava! I’m red-hot! I’m out of control! And all of the villagers, with the lava pouring down into their houses, destroying their cars, suffocating and melting their flesh, and the villagers are going “run for your lives, run for your lives, run for your lives!” They’re the ones that love and worship CM Punk! And I’m the one … that has a different strategy.

Watch Heyman explode Handicap Hell in a Cell Match preview

Because I’m not all filled with emotion like CM Punk, Renee. I’m cold-hearted. And I’m calculated. And I’m in control … the same way I’ve controlled CM Punk all of these years.  The same way I control my monster, Ryback. And CM Punk cannot get past my monster, Ryback, which means CM Punk can’t get his hands on me. Which is why Sunday, Sunday, Sunday, I’m not locked in a cell with CM Punk, CM Punk is locked in a cell with me. 

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“Bratty” Katy Perry Had A Lot of Growing Up to Do

It’s okay, you don’t have to fight it: We all have crushes on Katy Perry. Not only is the "Roar" singer gorgeous, funny and talented, but she seems like she’s having more fun than Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift put together. With her latest album, Prism, out now, she seems like she’s doing fame right. And maybe, as she reveals in the new issue of W, it’s because she started out doing it wrong.
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