Bob Dylan has apologized to fans who purchased what they believed to be hand-signed copies of his new book, The Philosophy of Modern Song, but were later revealed to contain reproductions of the songwriter’s signature. He took to social media on Friday to address the issue, where he said that he used an autopen for the signatures after a “bad case of vertigo” left him unable to sign some of the $599 books.
“I’ve been made aware that there’s some controversy about signatures on some of my recent artwork prints and on a limited-edition of Philosophy of Modern Song,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’ve hand-signed each and every art print over the years, and there’s never been a problem.” He continued:
Dylan’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, has also addressed the incident. After initially refusing to offer refunds, they later issued a statement confirming that Dylan had not signed some of the books; they also apologized for the confusion and offered a full refund to anyone who purchased a signed copy of the book. The issue first came to light shortly after physical copies of the books shipped out, with buyers identifying what they believed to be 17 variations of Dylan’s signature, as Variety reports.
“To those who purchased the ‘Philosophy of Modern Song’ limited edition, we want to apologize,” the publisher wrote on Twitter. “As it turns out, the limited edition books do contain Bob’s original signature, but in a penned replica form. We are addressing this information by providing each purchaser with an immediate refund.”