Posted on November 29, 2022 at 10:08 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has apologized for the controversy surrounding his supposedly hand-signed books.

Readers quickly realized that their $599 copies of The Philosophy of Modern Song bore very similar signatures, and publisher Simon & Schuster was forced to apologize and offer refunds.

Dylan explained in a statement that he suffered a vertigo attack in 2019, and its debilitating effects lingered.

As the coronavirus pandemic raged, he was unable — for safety reasons — to be in close quarters with staff who could help him hand-sign books.

And with deadlines looming, someone suggested that Dylan make use of an autopen, a machine that duplicates a person's signature.

The Guardian notes that, as a result of this scandal, concerns are being raised about Dylan's signatures on art prints — though one art seller found that the vast majority of this year's signatures were authentic.

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