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Singer cites “severe case of vertigo” and Covid protocols for not exactly “hand-signed” copies of The philosophy of modern song

Bob Dylan has apologized to fans following the controversy surrounding the “hand-signed” copies of his new book The philosophy of modern songwith the music legend admitting to using an autopen after a “severe case of vertigo” and Covid protocols kept him from signing the limited-edition run in person.

“I have been made aware that there is some controversy over signatures on some of my recent artworks and on a limited edition of Philosophy of modern songDylan wrote in a rare statement on social media on Friday. “I’ve hand-signed every art print over the years and there’s never been a problem.”

Dylan continued: “In 2019, however, I was experiencing vertigo and that continued into the pandemic years. It takes a team of five working closely with me to make these signing sessions happen, and we couldn’t 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 draw anything and the dizziness didn’t help. With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of ​​using an automatic pen came to my mind, along with assurances that this sort of thing is done “all the time” in the arts and literary world.

Shortly after the release of The philosophy of modern song, some of those who spent $599 on the limited edition of 900 “personally signed” copies — complete with a letter of authenticity — began sharing their signatures online. However, after comparing the signatures, fans quickly concluded that the autograph was created with an autopen, which reproduced Dylan’s signature with at least 17 different subtle variations.

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After initially rejecting refund requests, publishers Simon & Schuster said in a statement earlier this week that they learned that “the limited edition books contain Bob’s original signature, but in a written replica form. We are addressing this immediately by giving every buyer an immediate refund.”

Dylan added in his statement on Friday: “Using a machine was an error of judgment and I want to correct it immediately. I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery partners to do just that.”


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