Bob Dylan has apologized after admitting that autographed copies of his latest book weren't actually signed by him, but by a machine.
However, these copies of
The Philosophy of Modern Song
sold for the modest sum of 600 dollars each were presented as "hand-signed" by the publisher Simon & Schuster, who admitted the fault a few days ago.
Even better, Bob Dylan would have used the same process to sign screen prints of some of his most recent works of art.
Nevertheless, the 81-year-old artist, who explains this choice for health reasons, assures us that he will do everything to rectify the situation.
A vertigo problem
“I've hand-signed every fine art print over the years, and there's never been a problem.
However, in 2019 I had issues with vertigo and it continued through the pandemic years.
It takes a team of five people working closely with me to enable these signings, and we couldn't find a safe and convenient way to complete what I needed to do while the virus was raging,” explained Bob Dylan in a message posted on Facebook.
"So during the pandemic it was impossible to sign anything and my dizziness didn't help.
With contractual deadlines looming, the idea of using an auto-pen was suggested to me, with the assurance that this kind of thing is done "all the time" in the world of art and literature.
Using a machine was an error in judgment and I want to rectify it immediately.
Bob Dylan concluded by assuring that he was now working with his publisher and his gallery to find a solution.
However, given that dizziness tends to occur while standing up, one is entitled to wonder what prevented him from making these dedications comfortably seated behind a desk!
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