Brian and Dawn Peterson have sued legendary rocker Bob Dylan (aka Robert Zimmerman) and Ashes & Sand over a 40-year old guitar allegedly used by the musician, according to a civil action suit in Morris County Court of of New Jersey. The guitar and sheet music came into Dawn’s possession by way of her father, Victor Quinto, a pilot “often used by folk musicians for charter flights” in the mid-60s.
After one particular flight, Mr. Quinto realised Dylan left behind his guitar and sheet music. Taking it home, he then tried to contact Mr. Dylan’s camp in order to return the missing items.
The suit claims, “despite the request, neither Zimmerman nor anyone on his behalf ever made any attempt to obtain the equipment or music.”
Over the years Mr. Quinto gave away the sheet music to friends and family as gifts, while keeping the guitar for himself.
Unfortunately, Mr. Quinto died in 1977 of a brain aneurysm, where upon his passing, the guitar was handed down to his daughter, Dawn Peterson.
The Peterson’s claim that in 2005, they attempted to contact the Zimmerman camp to explain the curious case of Mr. Dylan’s guitar. This time they received a response, stating “the described guitar, case and lyrics, ‘if genuine,’ were the ‘sole property’ of Zimmerman and ‘were stolen’ from Zimmerman.”
Now the Peterson’s have brought the case to trial, seeking legal declaration that they are indeed the rightful owners of the guitar, guitar case, and sheet music.
You can read the court case HERE.
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