Some Bob Dylan fans are receiving $600 refunds after their personally autographed books were send out using an auto-pen reproduction of his “John Hancock.” Rolling Stone reported publishers Simon & Schuster are making things right after fans shelled out big bucks for the autographed limited edition of Dylan’s latest book, The Philosophy Of Modern Song.
Simon & Schuster posted a message to fans on Instagram, stating, “To those who purchased The Philosophy Of Modern Song limited edition, we want to apologize. 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.”
A while back, Bob Dylan discussed his fans’ adulation with the BBC and explained that his desire to write, record, and perform has very little to do with filling some type of void in his personal life: “I got enough love around me, y’know? So I don’t need no people’s love. I don’t need to go out and play to a crowd of 20, 30, 50,000 people for their love. Some performers have to, y’know? But I don’t. I got enough love just in my immediate surroundings, so. . . It accounts for why a lot of entertainers do what they do, because they want the love of another group of people. And I don’t do it for love. I do it, ’cause I can do it and I think I’m good at it, and that’s all I do it for.”