Searching For A Gem: News


Announcing "Bob Dylan Worldwide -The First Twenty Years" - the first instalment of what will hopefully be the definite Dylan discography, published by Christoph Maus/Maus of Music, Hamburg, Germany . This was published in advance of Bob's 75th birthday, in mid-April 2016. Heartfelt thanks to the contributors to this site who have helped with preparing this book - they are credited for their contributions. Please buy this book from "Isis" here . Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for news the book can be bought in Japan from Disk Union here . Sample pages from the book are shown here.

4 Jun 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus' blog for information that Richard Alderson, Dylan’s former sound engineer, who recorded most of the 1966 tour, also recorded Bob's performances at the Gaslight Café in New York in Oct 1962. Richard Alderson commented about two forthcoming Dylan releases in a recent Facebook post. According to Alderson, “My original recordings of Bob from the Gaslight in October 1962 will be released on Sony in the near future… very, very few have heard them in their pristine sonic glory. Soon (to) come with the correct provenance and my story about recording them.” Separately, Alderson confirmed "Blood On The Tracks (is) being reissued soon with all the NYC recordings, as a box set.” The Gaslight recordings have been heavily bootlegged, and a 10-song version was officially released by Sony in 2005, initially through an exclusive 18-month deal with Starbucks. The Blood on the Tracks box set was originally scheduled to be Volume 10 of Dylan’s Bootleg Series in 2013, and an alternative, uncirculated take of Meet Me in the Morning was added as the B-side of a 7” single of Duquesne Whistle in Nov 2012. Surprisingly, The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) was released instead. The most recent Bootleg Series, Volume 13 - Trouble No More 1979-1981, was released last November.

3 Jun 2018: Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information about a new 2CD set from Sony Music Japan, Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collection, to be released on 18 July 2018. This set will contain rarities and more information will be given as soon as possible. This is the second live compilation exclusive to Japan, the first was Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty-Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances in 2001. Also it gives me great sadness to report the death of John Baldwin, a great British Dylan fan responsible for the Desolation Row fan information service pre-Internet, the "Dignity" fanzine (1995-2002) and also his indispensible concert tickets service.

10 May 2018: Thanks to Michel Pomarede for alerting me to the signed album covers, ostensibly with "COA" (Certificate of Authenticity), offered by eBay sellers "mycollection-4" and "princeton94". Despite being in different coloured pen, all the "Bob Dylan" signatures look surprisingly similar!

1 May 2018: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that on Amazon in the UK are selling copies of the new "tie-dye" vinyl edition of Dylan & The Dead as well as the Masters Of War (Rework) 7" single by The Avener. This is because the Record Store Day issues have now been released for general sale.

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This is a fan site with no connection to Bob - that means you can't contact him through me! I used to have a postal address for Bob's New York business office that I thought was correct, but I have since been informed by someone who wrote to that address that their mail was returned. I have never had an email address. I can only suggest you contact Bob's publisher Simon & Schuster or use the feedback page at www.bobdylan.com. I also have no means of helping anyone who wants to meet Bob Dylan or obtain his autograph!

For much wider news coverage of interest to Bob Dylan fans, see Karl Erik's amazing "Expecting Rain" site . It's always up-to-date thanks to his astounding dedication!


News and Updates are now two separate pages - for Updates (including all site structure changes), see here.

Revised: 12 June, 2018


4 Jun 2018: Thanks to Harold Lepidus' blog for information  that Richard Alderson, Dylan’s former sound engineer, who recorded most of the 1966 tour, also recorded Bob's performances at the Gaslight Café in New York in Oct 1962. Richard Alderson commented about two forthcoming Dylan releases in a recent Facebook post. According to Alderson, “My original recordings of Bob from the Gaslight in October 1962 will be released on Sony in the near future… very, very few have heard them in their pristine sonic glory. Soon (to) come with the correct provenance and my story about recording them.” Separately, Alderson confirmed "Blood On The Tracks (is) being reissued soon with all the NYC recordings, as a box set.” The Gaslight recordings have been heavily bootlegged, and a 10-song version was officially released by Sony in 2005, initially through an exclusive 18-month deal with Starbucks. The Blood on the Tracks box set was originally scheduled to be Volume 10 of Dylan’s Bootleg Series in 2013, and an alternative, uncirculated take of Meet Me in the Morning was added as the B-side of a 7” single of Duquesne Whistle in Nov 2012. Surprisingly, The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) was released instead. The most recent Bootleg Series, Volume 13 - Trouble No More 1979-1981, was released last November.

3 Jun 2018: Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for information about a new 2CD set from Sony Music Japan, Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances From The Copyright Collection, to be released on 18 July 2018. This set will contain rarities and more information will be given as soon as possible.  This is the second live compilation exclusive to Japan, the first was Bob Dylan Live 1961-2000: Thirty-Nine Years Of Great Concert Performances in 2001.Also it gives me great sadness to report the death of John Baldwin, a great British Dylan fan responsible for the Desolation Row fan information service pre-Internet, the "Dignity" fanzine (1995-2002) and also his indispensible concert tickets service.


10 May 2018: Thanks to Michel Pomarede for alerting me to the signed album covers, ostensibly with "COA" (Certificate of Authenticity), offered by eBay sellers "mycollection-4" and "princeton94". Despite being in different coloured pen, all the "Bob Dylan" signatures look surprisingly similar!


1 May 2018: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that on Amazon in the UK are selling copies of the new "tie-dye" vinyl edition of Dylan & The Dead as well as the Masters Of War (Rework) 7" single by The Avener. This is because the Record Store Day issues have now been released for general sale.


Older News

Old news items are kept on here until the rarities referred to actually surface, or until it becomes clear that they're not going to!


24 Nov 2015: Please note, in order to reduce the huge number of submissions, only submit scans of new items. If you have variant copies of items already listed on the site, please submit only a text description of your item that can be pasted into the web page. That will make the additions significantly easier to handle, and avoid web pages becoming too long. This is a new permanent policy for the site. Thank you for your co-operation.


7 Jul 2014: Thanks to Jeff Gold, Bruce Mulle and several others for news of 149 Dylan acetates from the Nashville Skyline/Self Portrait/New Morning era that were found in a New York building in West Houston Street, Greenwich Village, that was once rented by Bob as a studio. These have been named "The West Houston Street Acetates" and contain many unreleased versions of Dylan songs from the period. They will be listed in full on the 2014 page when time permits. For full details, see here.

26 Nov 2013: So long, eBay! This web-site has an ongoing huge backlog of additions, all with high quality artwork, and several important new Dylan releases to add between now and Christmas. In view of the poor quality of description and illustration of items from eBay and other online auction sites, together with the high probability that items are counterfeit, no more items from such sites will be considered for inclusion here. I've also been told that featuring eBay items here has led to higher prices. Thanks to those who have submitted eBay links in the past, but please don't do so in future under any circumstances.

As an example, look at the scan by Manuel García Jara and a photo of the same single from an online auction site. The digital photo is appalling (and shows the wrong side of the sleeve)!


Columbia 4-43346 (USA) - A-side in Columbia Record Club sleeve, scan by Manuel García Jara

Columbia 4-43346 (USA) - A-side in Columbia Record Club sleeve, photo from online auction site

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