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"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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18 Oct 2020: The Yahoo! web-site is reporting that George Clooney will direct a film version of John Grisham's baseball novel "Calico Joe". The exciting news for Dylan fans is that Bob is scheduled to write the soundtrack. Bob is known to be a huge baseball fan and has recorded Catfish (a Desire out-take released in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3) and Take Me Out To The Ball Game from his Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan: Baseball in 2006. Thanks to Jürgen Wasser for information that John Grisham's book has been translated into German with the title "Home Run", and is also available in French and Italian. More information about the film and the soundtrack will be added when available.

17 Oct 2020: Thanks to Harold Lepidus for news about a 2020 release of The Traveling Wilburys Volume One on orange vinyl exclusive to US retailer Barnes & Noble. This will be released on 20 Oct 2020, the 32nd anniversary of the album's original release on 20 Oct 1988. Thanks also to Rod MacBeath for news the album is also available in independent record stores as part of "National Album Day 2020". Thanks to Jürgen Wasser for news that the orange vinyl album is also available in Germany from branches of the Saturn record chain.

16 Oct 2020: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline will be released on white vinyl in Nov 2020 (John Wesley Harding in mono and Nashville Skyline in stereo). The albums are currently being advertised by Badlands in the UK as well as Amazon and the French retailer FNAC.

9 Oct 2020: Apparently bassist Rob Stoner has commented on Facebook that he’s been involved in the remixing and editing of the Rundown rehearsals (1977-78).This is one period that has been rumoured as a candidate for a Bootleg Series release. Some very good bootlegs are out there, but an official release would be great.

7 Oct 2020: Thanks to Freddy Ordóñez Araque, Fred Muller, Jack from Canada and André Wilbers, all of whom informed me of a new 28-track download only Columbia compilation called The Best of The Bootleg Series. It can be obtained from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc. All the tracks have been previously released. Bizarrely, Baby, Let Me Follow You Down, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, 26 May 1966, is from The Real Royal Albert Hall Concert 1966, released in 2016, and not from a Bootleg Series release at all! Two brand new shows in the series of Theme Time Radio Hour on the subject of "Whiskey" can also be downloaded from Apple Music. Artists featured include Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Julie London, Lotte Lenya and Thin Lizzy.

"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 October, 2020


18 Oct 2020: The Yahoo! web-site is reporting that George Clooney will direct a film version of John Grisham's baseball novel "Calico Joe". The exciting news for Dylan fans is that Bob is scheduled to write the soundtrack. Bob is known to be a huge baseball fan and has recorded Catfish (a Desire out-take released in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Vols. 1-3) and Take Me Out To The Ball Game from his Theme Time Radio Hour With Bob Dylan: Baseball in 2006. Thanks to Jürgen Wasser for information that John Grisham's book has been translated into German with the title "Home Run", and is also available in French and Italian. More information about the film and the soundtrack will be added when available.

17 Oct 2020: Thanks to Harold Lepidus for news about a 2020 release of The Traveling Wilburys Volume One on orange vinyl exclusive to US retailer Barnes & Noble. This will be released on 20 Oct 2020, the 32nd anniversary of the album's original release on 20 Oct 1988. Thanks also to Rod MacBeath for news the album is also available in independent record stores as part of "National Album Day 2020". Thanks to Jürgen Wasser for news that the orange vinyl album is also available in Germany from branches of the Saturn record chain.

16 Oct 2020: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for information that John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline will be released on white vinyl in Nov 2020 (John Wesley Harding in mono and Nashville Skyline in stereo). The albums are currently being advertised by Badlands in the UK as well as Amazon and the French retailer FNAC.

9 Oct 2020: Apparently bassist Rob Stoner has commented on Facebook that he’s been involved in the remixing and editing of the Rundown rehearsals (1977-78).This is one period that has been rumoured as a candidate for a Bootleg Series release. Some very good bootlegs are out there, but an official release would be great.


7 Oct 2020: Thanks to Freddy Ordóñez Araque, Fred Muller, Jack from Canada and André Wilbers, all of whom informed me of a new 28-track download only Columbia compilation called The Best of The Bootleg Series. It can be obtained from Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc. All the tracks have been previously released. Bizarrely, Baby, Let Me Follow You Down, live from the Royal Albert Hall, London, 26 May 1966, is from The Real Royal Albert Hall Concert 1966, released in 2016, and not from a Bootleg Series release at all! Two brand new shows in the series of Theme Time Radio Hour on the subject of "Whiskey" can also be downloaded from Apple Music. Artists featured include Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Julie London, Lotte Lenya and Thin Lizzy.

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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