Publisher snarled in Bob Dylan autograph drama apologizes

Publishing large Simon & Schuster has apologized to Bob Dylan followers who spent $600 on a signed, limited-edition copy of his newest ebook, “The Philosophy of Modern Song,” however as a substitute acquired a faux “penned replica” of the legendary musician’s signature.

Those that bought the ebook, which was revealed Nov. 1 and is Dylan’s first since his 2004 memoir “Chronicles: Volume One,” will get their a refund, the writer stated after admitting to the error in a press release Sunday.

Simon & Schuster took the ebook off sale and initiated the method of issuing a right away and automated refund to all clients who purchased the ebook, a spokesperson for the corporate stated Tuesday in an e-mail to The Occasions.

“To those who purchased THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG limited edition, we want to apologize. As it turns out, the limited edition books do contain Bob’s original signature, but in a penned replica form,” the writer stated Sunday in a press release. “We are addressing this immediately by providing each purchaser with an immediate refund.”

The 2016 Nobel laureate’s tome consists of 66 chapters about 66 of his favourite songs by artists together with Nina Simone, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, the Conflict, the Who and his childhood hero, Little Richard. Solely 900 of the $600 restricted editions had been accessible within the U.S., and every arrived with a letter from Jonathan Karp, chief government of Simon & Schuster, that served as “confirmation that [each] copy has been hand-signed by Bob Dylan.”

Karp additionally personally responded to those that emailed him, informing them of the forthcoming refund and saying they might hold their copy of the ebook for gratis, the spokesperson added Tuesday.

The books began arriving Friday, Selection reported, and Simon & Schuster’s apology got here shortly after clients took to social media to match the “Tangled Up in Blue” singer’s suspiciously comparable autograph in every of their copies. They observed no less than 17 completely different variations of the signature, which seemed to be signed by “autopen” — a digital replica of an actual signature, Selection stated.

“The Philosophy of Modern Song” by Bob Dylan

(Simon & Schuster)

Critics additionally took to the feedback part of the assertion that Simon & Schuster posted on Instagram and Twitter with wide-ranging opinions — some applauding the writer for swiftly rectifying the mix-up, others accusing the ebook home of fraud and concluding that the snafu had sullied its popularity. (It’s the most recent hurdle the corporate confronted this month after Paramount International rescinded its provide to promote Simon & Schuster to bigger rival writer Penguin Random Home.)

The writer additionally has eliminated the web page dedicated to the restricted version of “The Philosophy of Modern Song” from its web site.

Dylan, 81, has not publicly commented on the blunder.

Refunds are alleged to be made mechanically to the client, with no motion crucial on their half. It’s unclear if all of the refunds have already been issued, however on Tuesday some consumers took to Twitter to inquire a couple of timetable.

In his evaluate for The Occasions, employees author Josh Rottenberg described Dylan’s first ebook since successful the Nobel Prize for literature as having “its own wild flavor.”

“It is — for better and, alas, worse — a special kind of bonkers,” Rottenberg wrote, concluding: “Dylan is a brilliant songwriter, of course; the truth is, he’s a better singer, a master vocal stylist whose performances speak to the deeps of human emotion even when they carry unseemly attitudes and ideas. But when his words just sit there, between hardcovers on a stark white page, their discordant notes are hard to bear.”