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.

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.

6 Apr 2018: Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for news that a 6 track download EP called Universal Love - Wedding Songs Reimagined commissioned by MGM Resorts consists of six "regendered" songs that could be played at LGBT weddings. Bob's song is a revised version of the 1928 song She's Funny That Way recorded by Frank Sinatra for his 1960 Capitol album Nice 'N' Easy. The other artists are St. Vincent, Kesha, Ben Gibbard, Valerie June and Kele Okereke. Thanks to Dag Braathen for news that this will be available as a 12" single on Record Store Day in the USA and Europe.

11 Mar 2018: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that on 30 mar 2016 FNAC in France will be releasing a new mono vinyl edition of Bringing It All Back Home on red vinyl. You may remember that last year FNAC released a limited mono edition of Highway 61 Revisited on white vinyl that actually played the mono Bringing It All Back Home! This one is right!

6 Mar 2018: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that a new vinyl edition of Dylan & The Dead will be released on Record Store Day, 21 Apr 2018. Columbia in the USA and Europe will release a limited edition of 5,000 copies on red and blue "tie-dye" vinyl! This is in conjunction with a vinyl 4LP set from The Grateful Dead of Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/27/69.

4 Mar 2018: Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for news that a new "rework" of Masters Of War from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by The Avener (French "deep house"/"electro" producer Tristan Casara) was released by Sony Music Germany as a download on 2 Mar 2018. This track can be purchased from iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon. Thanks to Larry Crum for news that this will be available as a 7" single on Record Store Day in the USA and Europe.

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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: 10 May, 2018


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.


6 Apr 2018: Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for news that a 6 track download EP called Universal Love - Wedding Songs Reimagined commissioned by MGM Resorts consists of six "regendered" songs that could be played at LGBT weddings. Bob's song is a revised version of the 1928 song She's Funny That Way recorded by Frank Sinatra for his 1960 Capitol album Nice 'N' Easy. The other artists are St. Vincent, Kesha, Ben Gibbard, Valerie June and Kele Okereke. Thanks to Dag Braathen for news that this will be available as a 12" single on Record Store Day in the USA and Europe.

11 Mar 2018: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that FNAC in France will be releasing a new vinyl edition of Bringing It All Back Home on red vinyl. You may remember that last year FNAC released a limited mono edition of Highway 61 Revisited on white vinyl that actually played the mono Bringing It All Back Home! I'm sure they'll get this one right! This new release will probably be mono again.

6 Mar 2018: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that a new vinyl edition of Dylan & The Dead will be released on Record Store Day, 21 Apr 2018. Columbia in the USA and Europe will release a limited edition of 5,000 copies on red and blue "tie-dye" vinyl! This is in conjunction with a vinyl 4LP set from The Grateful Dead of Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 2/27/69.

4 Mar 2018: Thanks to Jack Guerreiro for news that a new "rework" of Masters Of War from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by The Avener (French "deep house"/"electro" producer Tristan Casara) was released by Sony Music Germany as a download on 2 Mar 2018. This track can be purchased from iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon. Thanks to Larry Crum for news that this will be available as a 7" single on Record Store Day in the USA and Europe.

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!


9 Feb 2018: Thanks to Paul Pearson, Fred Muller, Thomas Michalzik and Tim Dunn for information about a new album called United We Swing: Best Of The Jazz At Lincoln Center Galas by the Wynton Marsalis Septet will be released by Red Distribution in the USA on 23 Mar 2018. Bob performs with them on It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry, recorded at the Apollo Theater, New York, on 7 Jun 2004 as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2004 Spring Gala. Bob also played Don't Think Twice, It's All Right with them, not included on this album. Both tracks were apparently available on bobdylan.com in Jun 2004, although I missed this at the time.

31 Aug 2017: Derek Barker of "Isis" magazine reports that Columbia/Legacy have no plans to release a 50th Anniversary Collection 1967 with the John Wesley Harding sessions from Oct-Nov 1967. This is apparently because these session tapes have never found their way into circulation, but this could also preclude any future Bootleg Series release.

21 Jul 2017: Thanks to Harold Lepidus for news that two 1965 shows recorded by Allen Ginsberg that were not included on the 50th Anniversary Collection 1965 208-track download set (see 2015) are about to be made public. These are the complete shows from San Francisco, CA, 11 Dec 1965 and San José, CA, 12 Dec 1965. Apparently tracks 200-208 of the 50th Anniversary Collection 1965 208-track set are not Berkeley, CA, 4 Dec 1965, after all, but the electric set of San José, CA, 12 Dec 1965. The Ginsberg San José tape includes the acoustic set and is in better quality. The San Francisco concert is previously unreleased.


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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