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 toe buy this book from "Isis" here . Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for news the book can be bought in Japan from Dis the contributors to this site who have helped with preparing this book - they are credited for their contributions. Pleask Union here . Sample pages from the book are shown here.


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25 Jan 2023: Thanks to Alan Hoaksey for information that the Mar 2023 issue of the UK music magazine "Mojo" has a cover CD called 14 Hidden Gems From The Bootleg Series 1963-1997 with selections from The Bootleg Series including Dirt Road Blues and Mississippi taken from The Bootleg Series Vol. 17 - Fragments: "Time Out of Mind" Sessions (1996-1997). These will probably be the versions taken from CD2 of the 2CD set.

22 Dec 2022: Thanks to Norman McBride for news that the German "Rolling Stone" magazine for Feb 2023 includes a 7" single containing two tracks from The Bootleg Series Vol. 17 - Fragments: "Time Out of Mind" Sessions (1996-1997). The A-side is Love Sick while the B-side is Cold Irons Bound. These are probably the out-takes from CD2 of the 2CD set.

5 Dec 2022: Thanks to Rechi von Lehen and Arie de Reus for news that US record club Vinyl Me Please is issuing the mono Blonde On Blonde on brown vinyl as their Dec 2022 selection. The inside layout is the replacement without Claudia Cardinale. The records have been remastered from the original tapes by Ryan K Smith, and the set is accompanied by a 12" booklet with Listening Notes by Michael Simmons and a fine art print by Elio Moavero. You can obtain the set by joining the record club, but copies are being offered for sale on eBay.

1 Dec 2022: Thanks to Arie de Reus, Peter Oudejans and Lars M. Banke for notifying me of the sad death of Hans Seegers, aged only 71. Hans was a Dylan collector extraordinaire, whose collection became a vital part of my Searching For A Gem website.

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Revised: 25 January, 2023


25 Jan 2023: Thanks to Alan Hoaksey for information that the Mar 2023 issue of the UK music magazine "Mojo" has a cover CD called 14 Hidden Gems From The Bootleg Series 1963-1997 with selections from The Bootleg Series including Dirt Road Blues and Mississippi taken from The Bootleg Series Vol. 17 - Fragments: "Time Out of Mind" Sessions (1996-1997). These will again probably be the versions taken from CD2 of the 2CD set.

22 Dec 2022: Thanks to Norman McBride for news that the German "Rolling Stone" magazine for Feb 2023 includes a 7" single containing two tracks from The Bootleg Series Vol. 17 - Fragments: "Time Out of Mind" Sessions (1996-1997). The A-side is Love Sick while the B-side is Cold Irons Bound. These are probably the out-takes from CD2 of the 2CD set.

5 Dec 2022: Thanks to Rechi von Lehen and Arie de Reus for news that US record club Vinyl Me Please is issuing the mono Blonde On Blonde on brown vinyl as their Dec 2022 selection. The inside layout is the replacement without Claudia Cardinale. The records have been remastered from the original tapes by Ryan K Smith, and the set is accompanied by a 12" booklet with Listening Notes by Michael Simmons and a fine art print by Elio Moavero. You can obtain the set by joining the record club, but copies are being offered for sale on eBay.

1 Dec 2022: Thanks to Arie de Reus, Peter Oudejans and Lars M. Banke for notifying me of the sad death of Hans Seegers, aged only 71. Hans was a Dylan collector extraordinaire, whose collection became a vital part of my Searching For A Gem website.

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!


30 Jul 2022: The previous Web Counter has now been discontinued by the provider. There have been around 12 million visits since mid-1998. New statistics for Searching For A Gem from end Jun 2022 are here.


14 Jan 2022: Thanks to Geoff Lambourn for news that James Mangold has been chosen to direct a new film for Searchlight Pictures provisionally called "Going Electric" about Bob's adoption of electric music in 1965, starring Timothée Chalamet as Bob. More details will be added when available.


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.

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.


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 slanted (and shows the wrong side of the sleeve)!


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