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Publisher apologizes for $600 replica autograph

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NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan’s publisher is offering refunds for a $600 special edition of his new book, “The Philosophy of Modern Song” (Simon & Schuster, 352 pp., out now), acknowledging that the allegedly “hand-signed ” Copies were not individually inscribed.

“To those who purchased THE PHILOSOPHY OF MODERN SONG limited edition, we want to apologize,” Simon & Schuster announced in a statement posted Sunday on Instagram. “As it turns out, the limited edition books do contain Bob’s original signature, but in a penned replica form. We are addressing this immediately by providing each purchaser with an immediate refund.”

Simon & Schuster’s statement came after days of complaints from customers, who through social media had compared their copies and found the autographs suspiciously alike. The books had arrived with a letter from Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp, vouching for the signature’s authenticity.

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“The Philosophy of Modern Song,” in which Dylan assesses compositions ranging from Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” to Jackson Browne’s “The Pretender,” was published Nov. 1.

A Dylan spokesperson declined comment Monday.

In the artist’s first book published since he was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, Dylan dissects what he considers the recorded era’s greatest songs in a collection of enigmatic, flattering and insightful essays. Readers inch closer to understanding a towering, vexing, soulful and revered artist – born Robert Zimmerman in Hibbing, Minnesota – who has always worked hard to throw us off that trail.

“A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-wop-bam-boom. Little Richard was speaking in tongues across the airwaves long before anybody knew what was happening,” writes Dylan in his reverential take on that seminal 1955 single, “Tutti Frutti.”

Dylan particularly admires the sly way the singer made a nod to homosexuality at a time when doing so was unthinkable. He was “the master of the double entendre. … Did you ever see Elvis singing ‘Tutti Frutti’ on ‘Ed Sullivan? Does he know what he’s singing about? Does Ed Sullivan know?”

For Dylan, the singer was at rock’s ground zero. Little surprise Richard’s smiling face, just one of many compelling images lacing the pages, adorns the cover of Dylan’s book.

Contributing: Marco della Cava,

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