Searching For A Gem: News


"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.

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24 May 2020: Happy Birthday, Bob! 79 years old and may you stay forever young!

20 May 2020: Thanks to Stacy Stephens for information that Badlands in the UK are offering the 2LP release of Rough And Rowdy Ways in olive-green vinyl while JPC in Germany are offering the set in yellow-gold vinyl. There are indeed two distinct coloured vinyl editions for independent stores only. Harold Lepidus confirms independent stores in the USA are offering the olive-green edition, while Stuart Moore says that the gold edition will be available in Australia.

11 May 2020: Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information that I Contain Multitudes and False Prophet are on CD1/Record 1 of Rough And Rowdy Ways, while Murder Most Foul is on CD2 and one side of Record 2 on its own.

8 May 2020: Thanks to Harold Lepidus and Dag Braathen for news that bobdylan.com has unveiled a third previously unreleased song by Bob entitled False Prophet. These tracks are now revealed to be from Bob's new studio album, Rough And Rowdy Ways, to be released on 19 Jun 2020. The skeleton illustration is taken from the cover of "The Shadow" magazine, USA, 15 Jul 1942.

17 Apr 2020: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin, Harold Lepidus and Andrea Orlandi for information about a second previously unreleased song posted on bobdylan.com today, I Contain Multitudes. The song title comes from the Walt Whitman poem "Song of Myself" (1855), "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)" The accompanying photo was taken at Sporthalle Alpenstrasse, Salzburg, Austria, 9 Jul 1996, by Andrea Orlandi. This entry has again been added to Online Performances (bobdylan.com).

9 Apr 2020: Good news is that Murder Most Foul became #1 on the US "Billboard" chart for the week ending 9 Apr 2020. This is Bob's first #1 in the USA, as his previous best, Like A Rolling Stone, only made it to #2. However, Blowin' In The Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary, and Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds both reached #1.

1 Apr 2020: Thanks to Jeff Gold of Record Mecca for this link to his blog about fakes on eBay:

https://recordmecca.com/news/fake-sealed-records-with-hype-stickers-proliferate-on-ebay/

Contributors are reminded that the abundance of fakes is one reason that entries from eBay have been banned from this site since 2013.

 

"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: 25 May, 2020


24 May 2020: Happy Birthday, Bob! 79 years old and may you stay forever young!

20 May 2020: Thanks to Stacy Stephens for information that Badlands in the UK are offering the 2LP release of Rough And Rowdy Ways in olive-green vinyl while JPC in Germany are offering the set in yellow-gold vinyl. There are indeed two distinct coloured vinyl editions for independent stores only. Harold Lepidus confirms independent stores in the USA are offering the olive-green edition, while Stuart Moore says that the gold edition will be available in Australia.


11 May 2020: Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for information that I Contain Multitudes and False Prophet are on CD1/Record 1 of Rough And Rowdy Ways, while Murder Most Foul is on CD2 and one side of Record 2 on its own.

8 May 2020: Thanks to Harold Lepidus and Dag Braathen for news that bobdylan.com has unveiled a third previously unreleased song by Bob entitled False Prophet. These tracks are now revealed to be from Bob's new studio album, Rough And Rowdy Ways, to be released on 19 Jun 2020. The skeleton illustration is taken from the cover of "The Shadow" magazine, USA, 15 Jul 1942.


1 Apr 2020: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin, Harold Lepidus and Andrea Orlandi for information about a second previously unreleased song posted on bobdylan.com today, I Contain Multitudes. The song title comes from the Walt Whitman poem "Song of Myself" (1855), "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)" The accompanying photo was taken at Sporthalle Alpenstrasse, Salzburg, Austria, 9 Jul 1996, by Andrea Orlandi. This entry has again been added to Online Performances (bobdylan.com).

9 Apr 2020: Good news is that Murder Most Foul became #1 on the US "Billboard" chart for the week ending 9 Apr 2020. This is Bob's first #1 in the USA, as his previous best, Like A Rolling Stone, only made it to #2. However, Blowin' In The Wind by Peter, Paul and Mary, and Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds both reached #1.


1 Apr 2020: Thanks to Jeff Gold of Record Mecca for this link to his blog about fakes on eBay:

https://recordmecca.com/news/fake-sealed-records-with-hype-stickers-proliferate-on-ebay/

Contributors are reminded that the abundance of fakes is one reason that entries from eBay have been banned from this site since 2013.


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 on this web-site 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)!


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