The new Bob Dylan lyrics book – Bob Dylan The Lyrics Since 1962 – is deeply impressive. It’s a real heavyweight, physically as well as metaphorically. Its sheer bulk took me by surprise when I received my copy two days ago.
The rich binding, the quality of the paper and the precision printing make Bob Dylan The Lyrics Since 1962 a fitting artefact to showcase some of the finest writing in the English language from the last hundred years.
The inclusion of album cover artwork, variant lyrics from live performance, and detailed annotations by Christopher Ricks enhance a product that would be a triumph even without them.
Negatives? Hard to find. I’ve yet to scrutinise the content, but, judging it as an object, my only (minor) criticism of the new Bob Dylan lyrics book is that the cover design is a bit weak, considering the majestic content.
Late delivery of new Bob Dylan lyrics book
I’m slightly perplexed, though, by the late delivery of Bob Dylan The Lyrics Since 1962. When I ordered on 10 October, Amazon UK told me to expect delivery by 13-15 November. Then on 15 November, they informed me that the book had been “unexpectedly delayed” and that I should expect delivery by 19 December (ie today).
I know that publishers Simon & Schuster supplied orders to distributors for the original October/November publication dates, both in the USA and in Britain. I wonder why they had to delay supplying orders like mine? Production or distribution problems, I’d guess.
At the time of writing, Bob Dylan The Lyrics Since 1962 is in very short supply – hardly surprising for a limited edition of only 3,000. Amazon dot com were advertising copies a few hours ago, at $179.40, heavily discounted from the newly raised price of $300. If it’s still for sale when you check, I’d suggest you order immediately.
No such luck from other possible suppliers – publishers Simon & Schuster, Amazon UK and Deutschland and Isis magazine were all out of stock of the new Bob Dylan lyrics book when I checked late on Thursday night (18 December).
If you’ve missed this highly prized special edition of Bob Dylan The Lyrics Since 1962, all is not lost – you’ll be able to buy the mass market edition, scheduled for 3 November 2015, though I’d wager that that publication date will be brought forward.