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.

2 Jan 2018: A rumour on Facebook, almost certainly a hoax, says that Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Vol. 14 will be a "Completely Raw" deluxe box set from the 1989 Oh Mercy sessions, to be released on 5 Oct 2018. Out-takes from Oh Mercy were of course released in 2008 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs.

1 Jan 2018: Happy New Year to all visitors and contributors! Let's hope 2018 is again a great year in the Bob world and brings yet more amazing new releases and live performances!

24 Dec 2017: This 2CD set of Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits in a digipak purports to be a genuine Sony Music release made in the EU, but is actually a counterfeit product from Russia. It includes several tracks from Bob's recent albums of Frank Sinatra covers. Thanks to Arie de Reus, Anneke Derksen Hoftijzer and Dr. Hanns Peter Bushoff for information.

20 Dec 2017: Merry Christmas or whichever festival you celebrate, and a Happy New Year to all contributors and visitors. Due to family commitments I shall not be able to devote much time to this web-site over the festive season, so please be patient waiting for replies if you submit any items for inclusion. I hope to be back in business by 8 Jan 2018.

15 Dec 2017: Sorry to all the visitors who have complained about access to this web-site being very difficult or impossible in recent weeks. This is because the site has been subject to intermittent Denial of Service attacks, when a web-site is targeted with thousands of access requests per minute to prevent legitimate viewers from accessing it. The attacks are probably by Russian or North Korean hackers, I can only assume because Bob is an American artist. There is nothing I or my web space provider can do to protect against this, so I can only ask for your patience - if you cannot access the site, please try later, the attacks usually only last for a few hours.

"By popular demand", the latest Bob Dylan Rarity News notified to me. If you have any news not shown that will interest site visitors, please contact me here. Please make sure the subject of your message includes the word  "Dylan"- this will ensure it's not put in the trash by the site's Spam filter. This is absolutely vital - incoming Spam can be as much as 13,300 messages per day, and I'm sure some of your valuable messages have been missed! Please retry if your message was rejected or if you haven't received a reply.

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Contacting Bob Dylan

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: 20 January, 2018


2 Jan 2018: A rumour on Facebook, almost certainly a hoax, says that Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Vol. 14 will be a "Completely Raw" deluxe box set from the 1989 Oh Mercy sessions, to be released on 5 Oct 2018. Out-takes from Oh Mercy were of course released in 2008 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8 - Tell Tale Signs.

1 Jan 2018: Happy New Year to all visitors and contributors! Let's hope 2018 is again a great year in the Bob world and brings yet more amazing new releases and live performances!

24 Dec 2017: This 2CD set in a digipak purports to be a genuine Sony Music release made in the EU, but is actually a counterfeit product from Russia. It includes several tracks from Bob's recent albums of Frank Sinatra covers. Thanks to Arie de Reus, Anneke Derksen Hoftijzer and Dr. Hanns Peter Bushoff for information.

20 Dec 2017: Merry Christmas or whichever festival you celebrate, and a Happy New Year to all contributors and visitors. Due to family commitments I shall not be able to devote much time to this web-site over the festive season, so please be patient waiting for replies if you submit any items for inclusion. I hope to be back in business by 8 Jan 2018.

15 Dec 2017: Sorry to all the visitors who have complained about access to this web-site being very difficult or impossible in recent weeks. This is because the site has been subject to intermittent Denial of Service attacks, when a web-site is targeted with thousands of access requests per minute to prevent legitimate viewers from accessing it. The attacks are probably by Russian or North Korean hackers, I can only assume because Bob is an American artist. There is nothing I or my web space provider can do to protect against this, so I can only ask for your patience - if you cannot access the site, please try later, the attacks usually only last for a few hours.

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!


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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