Following an apology from his publisher, legendary musician Bob Dylan apologized for using an autopen to sign copies of his new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song. Roughly 900 copies of the $599 book were marked as being personally signed by Dylan, complete with authenticity certificates.
In a statement posted on his social media platforms, Dylan apologized to fans who purchased copies with the replica autographs. Dylan explained the pandemic and vertigo made it impossible to hand-sign anything.
Dylan wrote to fans,
“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.”
“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.”
You can read his full statement below:
In the past, Dylan hand-signed everything from books to his art prints. Many fans are confident this is the first time he used an autopen signature.
Purchasers to get refunds
When the books began arriving to buyers earlier this month, online web sleuths noticed 17 variations of Dylan’s autograph. Immediately, purchasers demanded refunds. At first, Simon & Schuster refused refunds and denied the use of an automated signing machine.
The publisher said in a statement,
“We certainly understand any concerns you may have, however— each individual copy of the limited signed edition of Bob Dylan’s The Philosophy of Modern Song was personally signed by the author and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the publisher of Simon & Schuster.”
After more evidence came to light confirming Bob Dylan did not hand-sign the limited edition books, Simon & Schuster admitted the books did contain replica autographs.
“To those who purchased The Philosophy of Modern Song limited edition, we want to apologize,” Simon & Schuster tweeted on November 20. The publisher confirmed the books contain Dylan’s original signature in a penned replica form. Those who purchased the book will receive an immediate refund while keeping their original copy at no cost.
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