Singer cites “dangerous case of vertigo” and Covid protocols for not-exactly-“hand-signed” copies of The Philosophy of Fashionable Music
Bob Dylan has apologized to followers following the controversy surrounding the “hand-signed” copies of his new ebook The Philosophy of Fashionable Music, with the music legend admitting he employed an autopen after a “dangerous case of vertigo” and Covid protocols left him unable to personally autograph the limited-edition run.
“I’ve been made conscious that there’s some controversy about signatures on a few of my current paintings prints and on a limited-edition of Philosophy Of Fashionable Music,” Dylan wrote Friday in a uncommon social media assertion. “I’ve hand-signed every artwork print over time, and there’s by no means been an issue.”
Dylan continued, “Nonetheless, in 2019 I had a foul case of vertigo and it continued into the pandemic years. It takes a crew of 5 working in shut quarters with me to assist allow these signing classes, and we couldn’t discover a protected and workable technique to full what I wanted to do whereas the virus was raging. So, throughout the pandemic, it was unattainable to signal something and the vertigo didn’t assist. With contractual deadlines looming, the concept of utilizing an auto-pen was steered to me, together with the peace of mind that this type of factor is completed ‘on a regular basis’ within the artwork and literary worlds.”
Quickly after the discharge of The Philosophy of Fashionable Music, a few of those that spent $599 on the limited-edition run of 900 “personally signed” copies — full with a letter of authenticity — started sharing their autographs on-line. Nonetheless, after evaluating the signatures, followers quickly deduced that the autograph was created utilizing an autopen, which reproduced Dylan’s signature with at the least 17 totally different delicate variations.
After initially rejecting requests for a refund, earlier this week, publishers Simon & Schuster mentioned in a press release that they discovered “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.”
Dylan added in his assertion Friday, “Utilizing a machine was an error in judgment and I need to rectify it instantly. I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery companions to do exactly that.”
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