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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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6 May 2022:
Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for news that CD Japan's new Sony Music stereo vinyl 2LP edition of Blonde On Blonde Home (SIJP-1054-55) will be released on 22 Jun 2022. Like the previous two albums, this will have a reproduction of the original first release obi from 1970 (CBS/Sony SONP 50158-59). Blonde On Blonde was originally released by CBS Japan as two separate LPs in Sep 1966 and Mar 1967 (CBS YS-672-C and CBS YS-748-C)!

4 May 2022: A new video of Subterranean Homesick Blues is to be released online on 6 May 2022! The original audio track was released on Bringing It All Back Home in 1965 as well as being released on 7" singles worldwide. The 1965 video is featured in the cue card sequence in Don't Look Back, see VHS & DVD 1960s. For the new video see Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues (2022 Remake) - YouTube.

27 Apr 2022: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that Bob has re-recorded some of his classic songs for a new analogue music medium called "Ionic Originals" - for more information see Bob Dylan Has Re-Recorded Classics With T Bone Burnett for New Medium - Variety. Thanks to Bill Brown for news that a 1963 phone call by Bob with snippets of six songs taped by Tony Glover has emerged on a cassette tape and is now up for auction - for more information see RR Auction.

26 Apr 2022: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that CD Japan are also selling a new Sony Music stereo vinyl edition of Bringing It All Back Home (SIJP-1053), to be released on 25 May 2022. All three albums will have reproductions of the original first release obis from 1970. (CBS Japan only released John Wesley Harding in its original form before being taken over by Sony in 1968 - these three regular Dylan albums were not released in Japan until 1970.)

24 Apr 2022: Thanks to Franck Faugere for news that CD Japan are selling two new Sony Music stereo vinyl editions of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (SIJP-1001) and Blonde On Blonde (SIJP-1054-55) from 27 Apr 2022 with 60th Anniversary postcards commemorating Bob's debut on Columbia Records.

13 Apr 2022: The only Bob Dylan offering for Record Store Day, 23 Apr 2022, will be Talkin' New York, an unauthorised release on burgundy vinyl of Bob's first album from a label called Culture Factory. This is legal because the album is now out of copyright, and contains two bonus tracks from Bob's first single, Mixed Up Confusion and Corrina, Corrina (not the Freewheelin' version).

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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!


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Revised: 16 May, 2022


BlondeJpn1StereoFront.jpg (19165 bytes) 6 May 2022: Thanks to Sonny Boy McFitzson for news that CD Japan's  new Sony Music stereo vinyl 2LP edition of Blonde On Blonde Home (SIJP-1054-55) will be released on 22 Jun 2022. Like the previous two albums, this will have a reproduction of the original first release obi from 1970 (CBS/Sony SONP 50158-59). Blonde On Blonde was originally released by CBS Japan as two separate LPs with new artwork in Sep 1966 and Mar 1967 (CBS YS-672-C and CBS YS-748-C)! JVol5LP.jpg (18863 bytes) JVol6LP.jpg (18375 bytes)

4 May 2022: A new video of Subterranean Homesick Blues is to be released online on 6 May 2022! The original audio track was released on Bringing It All Back Home in 1965 as well as being released on 7" singles worldwide. The 1965 video is featured in the cue card sequence in Don't Look Back, see VHS & DVD 1960s. For the new video see Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues (2022 Remake) - YouTube.


27 Apr 2022: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that Bob has re-recorded some of his classic songs for a new analogue music medium called "Ionic Originals" - for more information see Bob Dylan Has Re-Recorded Classics With T Bone Burnett for New Medium - Variety. Thanks to Bill Brown for news that a 1963 phone call by Bob with snippets of six songs taped by Tony Glover has emerged on a cassette tape and is now up for auction - for more information see RR Auction.


26 Apr 2022: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that CD Japan are also selling a new Sony Music stereo vinyl edition of Bringing It All Back Home (SIJP-1053), to be released on 25 May 2022. All three albums will have reproductions of the original first release obis from 1970. (CBS Japan only released John Wesley Harding in its original form before being taken over by Sony in 1968 - these three regular Dylan albums were not released in Japan until 1970.)


24 Apr 2022: Thanks to Franck Faugere for news that CD Japan are selling two new Sony Music stereo vinyl editions of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (SIJP-1001) and Blonde On Blonde (SIJP-1054-55) from 27 Apr 2022 with 60th Anniversary postcards commemorating Bob's debut on Columbia Records.


13 Apr 2022: The only Bob Dylan offering for Record Store Day, 23 Apr 2022, will be Talkin' New York, an unauthorised release on burgundy vinyl of Bob's first album from a label called Culture Factory. This is legal because the album is now out of copyright, and contains two bonus tracks from Bob's first single, Mixed Up Confusion and Corrina, Corrina (not the Freewheelin' version).


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 Mar 2022: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news about a new book, "The Philosophy of Modern Song" by Bob Dylan, to be published by Simon & Schuster on 8 Nov 2022. The cover photo is Little Richard, Alis Lesley and Eddie Cochran at Sydney Airport on 28 Sep 1957 (photo by Bruce Perry via Getty Images). Also shown is a single by Alis Lesley with the same photo.


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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