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Bob Dylan apologizes to fans for autopen book signatures

Bob Dylan has apologized to fans who bought limited edition copies of his latest book, at a price tag of $599, which had a replica signature rather than an original autograph by Dylan.  The 81-year-old Dylan had signed copies of his book The Philosophy of Modern Song with an autopen, causing an uproar from fans who were initially promised “hand signed” copies of the book, and prompting them to request immediate refunds from publisher Simon and Schuster.

Dylan said in a statement also posted Facebook: “I’ve been made aware that there’s some controversy about signatures on some of my recent artwork prints and on a limited-edition of The Philosophy Of Modern Song. I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years, and there’s never been a problem.”  Dylan added that he had a bad case of vertigo in 2019 that continued through COVID-19 pandemic which interfered with his ability to sign books:  “It takes a crew of five working in close quarters with me to help enable these signing sessions, and we could not find a safe and workable way to complete what I needed to do while the virus was raging. So, during the pandemic, it was impossible to sign anything and the vertigo didn’t help. With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of using an autopen was suggested to me, along with the assurance that this kind of thing is done ‘all the time’ in the art and literary worlds.”  Dylan summed up that he had “deepest regrets” for the “error in judgment” and that he wanted to rectify the situation immediately for his fans.

Simon and Schuster has also acknowledged the mistake, and said the company would be offering each purchaser an immediate refund.

Editorial credit: Christian Bertrand /

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