Leeches of rock-star fame are as old as rock 'n' roll itself, and it looks like a member of the family that helped launch one of rock 'n' roll's greatest careers has become entangled with moochery as well. Peter McKenzie, the son of the famed Mac McKenzie who lent his couch to a 19-year-old from Duluth named Robert Zimmerman back in 1961, has been sued by two dealers who claim that the Bob Dylan memorabilia they bought from Peter was fake. McKenzie has responded with a defamation countersuit.
The owner of the most famous couch in rock 'n' roll claimed that he switched memorabilia dealers after he discovered that Jeffrey Gold was reselling the memorabilia at six times the value, which McKenzie claimed prompted Gold to file the fraud lawsuit. A separate dealer, Reed Orenstein, couldn't sell his merchandise either after Gold filed suit last year, and he decided to jump on the lawsuit bandwagon.
It's a pretty harsh battle, with wives involved and hurt feelings aplenty. The one name noticeably absent from the discussion is Dylan himself, who allowed McKenzie to sell the material from his father's place back in the 90s. It's probably best that the voice of the boomer generation stays out of a mess that pretty completely embodies the problems people have with baby boomers. [NY Post]
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