Bob Dylan has admitted to using an automatic pen to sign his new book, despite being advertised as “hand-signed.”
Dylan fans who spent $599 for the limited edition book, The Philosophy of Modern Song He became suspicious after realizing that the signatures on the books published by Simon & Schuster were not only similar, but the same.
It soon became clear that the 81-year-old music legend uses an automatic pen, a mechanism that can copy a person’s signature and save them hours of work in the process, while also preventing potential hand cramps.
Dylan recently admitted to using an automatic pen and posted an apology on Facebook with an interesting explanation for why he used a machine instead of his own hand to sign 900 books.
“I’ve hand-signed every art print over the years and it’s never been a problem,” Dylan said. “However, I had a bad case of vertigo in 2019, and that continued into the pandemic years.”
creator of hits like flying in the wind and like a rolling stone He continued: “It takes a team of five people working closely with me to enable these signing sessions, and we couldn’t find a safe and viable way to complete what I needed to do while the virus was in full swing. So during the pandemic it was impossible to sign anything and the dizziness didn’t help. As contractual deadlines approached, I was offered the idea of using an automatic pen, along with the assurance that such things are ‘always’ done in the worlds of art and literature. Using a machine was a mistake in judgment and I want to rectify it immediately. To do just that, Simon & Schuster and the gallery I work with my partners.”
Simon & Schuster said a tweet He was upset about what had happened, but added: “Limited-edition books seem to include Bob’s original signature, but in a penned copy format. We handle this information by providing instant refunds to every buyer.”
Auto-on is not a new device. The first version of the apparatus was patented in the United States more than 200 years ago, and those who used it included celebrities, politicians, and other notable personalities. While American presidents such as Thomas Jefferson and Lyndon B. Johnson are known to have used it while in office, Barack Obama was the first to pass legislation with an auto-generated signature in 2011.