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Bob Dylan Expresses Regret for Using a Machine to Autograph Books

Dylan’s signatures were created using an autopen, resulting in near-identical signatures on each book.

Renowned musician Bob Dylan recently unveiled a new book titled “Philosophy of Modern Song,” offering insights into his music and the contemporary music scene. Alongside the standard edition, a limited run of 900 copies was made available for $599 each, with the promise of a personalized signature from Dylan himself. However, as fans began to receive their copies, many noticed that the signatures appeared almost identical, raising doubts about their authenticity.

In response to the criticism from fans, Dylan took to social media to clarify that, due to health issues, he used an autopen device to facilitate the signing process. He shared on his Facebook page, “I have personally signed numerous art prints in the past without any issues.” The statement continued, “However, in 2019 and during the subsequent pandemic, I struggled with vertigo. Signing the books required a team of five individuals in close proximity, posing safety concerns amidst the ongoing health crisis.”

Following recommendations, Dylan opted for using the autopen, believing it to be a common practice in the art and literature communities. Expressing regret for the situation, Dylan assured fans that he is collaborating with his publisher, Simon & Schuster, to address the matter. Simon & Schuster also issued a statement on Twitter, apologizing to buyers of the limited edition of “Philosophy of Modern Song.” They confirmed that the books did feature Dylan’s original signature, albeit reproduced by the autopen. To make amends, they promised a full refund to every purchaser.

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