Bob Dylan Shares His Regret About The Fake Signature Scandal

The special edition of Bob Dylan’s new book, ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song,’ sold for $599, has drawn criticism after fans started sharing images of their autographs and realized they were identical with no variation. Buyers soon found out that the books had been inscribed using an autopen. Dylan shared a statement on Facebook a few days ago and said he regretted making that mistake.

Before Dylan, the publisher of the limited edition issued a statement on their official social media accounts and apologized for the use of autopen signatures. They also assured everyone who had bought the book that they would be refunded immediately. Following that, the singer also shared a Facebook post to reflect his regret about using a machine to produce duplicate signatures.

“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,” Dylan said in his statement.

The 81-year-old singer continued, “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 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,” he added. “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.”

The book was officially published on November 1 and consists of 66 short essays by Dylan on specific songs recorded over the past 100 years or so. Perry Como, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, the Who, Ray Charles, Grateful Dead, Dean Martin, and Nina Simone are some of the artists featured in the book.