December 1, 2022

Simon & Schuster, the publishing big and residential to Bob Dylan’s new e-book of essays The Philosophy of Trendy Tune, is issuing refunds for the restricted autographed version as a result of, because it seems, Dylan technically didn’t autograph them.

Some very, very devoted Dylan followers caught on to the fabrication as readers started evaluating their signatures to 1 one other on-line. Finally, as they deduced, the e-book’s $600 price ticket merely acquired them a “penned duplicate” of the musician’s John Hancock produced by an autopen machine.

“To those that bought The Philosophy of Trendy Tune restricted version, we wish to apologize,” Simon & Schuster wrote on social media. “Because it seems, the restricted version books do comprise Bob’s authentic signature, however in a penned duplicate kind. We’re addressing this instantly by offering every purchaser with a right away refund.”

To make issues worse, Rolling Stone identified that the restricted version of the e-book even included a observe from Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp vouching for its authenticity: “You maintain in your arms one thing very particular, certainly one of simply 900 copies obtainable within the U.S. The Philosophy of Trendy Tune signed by Bob Dylan,” Karp’s memo reads. “This letter is affirmation that the copy of the e-book you maintain in your hand has been hand-signed by Bob Dylan.”

Not a very good look! In case you nonetheless wish to learn Dylan’s musings on rock ‘n’ roll, you possibly can seize a non-autographed hardcover copy of The Philosophy of Trendy Tune for the far more cheap value of $29 right here. See the writer’s apology under.

This isn’t even the primary time The Philosophy of Trendy Tune has ruffled some feathers, however at the very least Dylan may fairly redirect the blame right here: Final week, Speaking Heads drummer Chris Frantz responded to an excerpt from the e-book through which Dylan seems to belittle any new wave artist that isn’t Elvis Costello. “I really like Bob Dylan’s new e-book The Philosophy of Trendy Tune. However I’ve one little bone to choose with the writer,” Frantz wrote on-line, concluding the put up with a easy request: “Suck a dick.”

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