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PROPERTY OF JUDY COLLINS
On July 20, 2010 Judy Collins met with Cathy Elkies, Head of Christie's Iconic Sales, and Kerry Keane, Department Head for Musical Instruments, in her Manhattan apartment to discuss the collection of instruments she would be offering with Christie's. Excerpts from the interview are used here as catalogue notes and associated with the instruments they discussed. A full transcript is available on Christies.com
It is such a privilege to have played these amazing guitars, some of them for half a century. Most of these Martin guitars have traveled with me through the early Sixties, on the road in fifty states and many countries, on the planes, the buses, the cars, the trains, in clubs and on the stages of the world. I have learned to finger pick on them-- the six strings--following the teaching of people like Danny Kalb and the examples of Eric Weissberg. Ramblin' Jack Elliot taught me to do that Travis-style picking in the smoky rooms of Gerde's Folk City in 1963 and 1964 on one of these guitars, and Pete Seeger along with Tim Buckley and Jim McGuinn (later Roger) have served as mentors for my
In 2002, Martin Guitar made me a beautiful 12-string guitar based on the model Martin I have played for years, the D-35. This guitar, with its electric hookup, has been with me in recordings, performances, in Festivals including most recently the Newport Festival in the US as well as the Glastonbury Festival in England.
These instruments have been loved, played, polished, tuned and treasured by me for all these years, and now it is time to send them off to be enjoyed by you, their future owners. I wish them well, and wish you joy in them as I have had.
I will be keeping a number of Martin guitars, including the Judy Collins Signature Martins in both six and 12 strings, and some of my other instruments, but it is time to lighten up my guitar holdings as I send these beautiful babies off to your keeping. Enjoy them!
I have always been drawn to the song with a strong narrative and one of the foundations of the tenets of the folk tradition is telling a story through song. Another is passing that song on to the next performer who, through change and performance, makes it their own. It is what I hope for these instruments as I reluctantly let them slip through my hands. It is time for me to pass them on, to the next musician, who will play them and add their stories on top of mine. Like a good song they will live on, I hope, through the songs that will be played on them. It is the Folk tradition after all!