Making Rock ‘n’ Roll History: Roger Smith’s role in Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”

This summer The Roger Smith Hotel will become a part of rock ‘n’ roll history when Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” hits Sotheby’s to be auctioned off. Lyrics to the famous song were written by the young singer himself on Roger Smith letterhead stationery in Washington D.C.  It is predicted to sell for anywhere between an estimated $1 million to $2 million at the June 24th History of Rock and Roll from Presley to Punk auction. “The spirit of Roger Smith has always inspired creativity and we are thrilled to be part of such an iconic American classic” says James Knowles, President and CEO of Roger Smith Hotel. Known to support the arts and the creative mind, Knowles and the Roger Smith Hotel welcome the opportunity to play a small part in this historic moment.




Looking at words and drawings left behind offer a rare glimpse into the mind of a young Bob Dylan as he sat down to write “Like a Rolling Stone.” One can only imagine the thoughts racing through Dylan’s mind as he picked up his pencil and jotted his thoughts on four pages of Roger Smith stationery. A hat, a bird, an animal with antlers, and four pages later, the legendary chorus appears, how does it feel/ how does it feel/ to be without a home/ like a complete unknown/ like a rolling stone?  One can only be thankful there was enough stationery handy to fully form the thoughts that would later become a song engrained in musical history.

Bob Dylan Song Auction