Error In Judgement: Bob Dylan Speaks Out On Book Signature Debacle

Read a note from Dylan.

By Nate Todd Nov 28, 2022 9:59 am PST

Bob Dylan has apologized for the recent controversy around signatures in limited edition copies of his new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song. Those who purchased the “hand signed” limited edition copies of the book noticed that the signatures were created using autopen.

After initially denying that the signatures were created using mechanical means through autopen, publishers of The Philosophy of Modern Song Simon & Schuster acknowledged that the signatures were created using autopen and refunded the $599 the limited edition books cost.

Dylan himself has now weighed in on the situation in a social media post noting that using the autopen machine was an “error in judgment.” Read the full note below:

To my fans and followers,

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 Philosophy Of Modern Song. I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years, and there’s never been a problem.

However, in 2019 I had a bad case of vertigo and it continued into the pandemic years. 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 auto-pen was suggested to me, along with the assurance that this kind of thing is done ‘all the time’ in the art and literary worlds.

Using a machine was an error in judgment and I want to rectify it immediately. I’m working with Simon & Schuster and my gallery partners to do just that.

With my deepest regrets,

Bob Dylan

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