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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16 Sep 2021: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that Byline Publishing, a division of the Italian partwork company DeAgostini, is offering a new collection of 180gm heavyweight vinyl discs called Dylan Vinyl - The Definitive Collection, with the first part being The Times They Are A-Changin' at £7.99. The set as illustrated includes 33 Dylan albums, but strangely appears to include the 2017 stereo 7" single Love Sick included with the "20th Anniversary" 2LP release of Time Out Of Mind as well as 32 original albums. More information here: Dylan Vinyl - The Definitive Collection.

14 Aug 2021: RIP Nanci Griffith, aged only 68. I saw her on the same day as Bob Dylan at the Feis Festival, Finsbury Park, London, 18 Jun 2011. Bob played harmonica on her version of Boots Of Spanish Leather on her 1993 Elektra album Other Voices, Other Rooms. The track is also on Present Echoes, a promo album with six of Nanci's cover versions and the six originals including Bob's track from The Times They Are A-Changin', and Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness, an Elektra CD single taken from the 1993 album.

2 Aug 2021: Third Man Records of Detroit, MI, have announced the release of an exclusive limited edition 7" stereo single with two takes of Blind Willie McTell on 20 Aug 2021. Take 1 on the A-side is unique to this single, Take 5 on the B-side is from Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985). The single can be pre-ordered from the USA here: Third Man Records - THIRD MAN RECORDS ANNOUNCES 7" VERSION OF BOB DYLAN'S "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL" OUT AUGUST 20, 2021 EXCLUSIVELY ON BLACK VINYL or from Badlands in the UK: Bob Dylan - Blind Willie McTell (7" vinyl) - Badlands Records Online.

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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: 17 September, 2021


16 Sep 2021: Thanks to Éamonn Ó Catháin for news that Byline Publishing, a division of the Italian partwork company DeAgostini, is offering a new collection of 180gm heavyweight vinyl discs called Dylan Vinyl - The Definitive Collection, with the first part being The Times They Are A-Changin' at £7.99. The set as illustrated includes 33 Dylan albums, but strangely appears to include the 2017 stereo 7" single Love Sick included with the "20th Anniversary" 2LP release of Time Out Of Mind as well as 32 original albums. More information here: Dylan Vinyl - The Definitive Collection.

14 Aug 2021: RIP Nanci Griffith, aged only 68. I saw her on the same day as Bob Dylan at the Feis Festival, Finsbury Park, London, 18 Jun 2011. Bob played harmonica on her version of Boots Of Spanish Leather on her 1993 Elektra album Other Voices, Other Rooms. The track is also on Present Echoes, a promo album with six of Nanci's cover versions and the six originals including Bob's track from The Times They Are A-Changin', and Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness, an Elektra CD single taken from the 1993 album.

2 Aug 2021: Third Man Records of Detroit, MI, have announced the release of an exclusive limited edition 7" stereo single with two takes of Blind Willie McTell on 20 Aug 2021. Take 1 on the A-side is unique to this single, Take 5 on the B-side is from Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 16 (1980-1985). The single can be pre-ordered from the USA here: Third Man Records - THIRD MAN RECORDS ANNOUNCES 7" VERSION OF BOB DYLAN'S "BLIND WILLIE MCTELL" OUT AUGUST 20, 2021 EXCLUSIVELY ON BLACK VINYL or from Badlands in the UK: Bob Dylan - Blind Willie McTell (7" vinyl) - Badlands Records Online.

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!


13 May 2021: Thanks to Bob Stacy for information that the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma will open to the public on 10 May 2022. To draw attention to the centre's offerings and plans, a previously unheard version of Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right — described as “one sterling example of the treasures to be found” in the archive — was released Wednesday morning (12 May 2021) as a free download, courtesy of the BDC. Described as “heretofore unknown,” the 1962 recording includes alternate lyrics and was recorded in the New York apartment of friends Milton (Mell) and Lillian Bailey well before its eventual appearance on 1963’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. The new performance has been added to Online Performances (Other) but the download has now been deleted.


9 Apr 2021: Even though the web-site is closed for additions, I shall still add important Dylan news. Thanks to Badlands for news that Record Store Day 2021 will include a 12" vinyl single of Jokerman/I & I (The Reggae Remix EP). The two versions of I And I are from the 2004 album Is It Rolling, Bob? A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan Vol. 1, while the two remixes of Jokerman by Doctor Dread are new and exclusive to this 12". Also on sale will be the 2009 Watchmen: Music From The Motion Picture soundtrack album as a 2LP set on blue and yellow vinyl with The Times They Are A-Changin', Jimi Hendrix covering All Along The Watchtower, and a cover of Desolation Row by My Chemical Romance. There will also be albums from Dylan-related artists such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Grateful Dead.

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.


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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