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Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison: three tempting limited edition books

A Bob Dylan book costing £450. A Rolling Stones book in a box set priced at $750. And a new book of Van Morrison lyrics retailing at £500.

What on earth is happening?

Well, the ever-innovative world of rock art is maturing, and limited edition books are taking their place alongside limited edition prints and photographs as key targets for collectors.

Here are three tempting new(ish) limited edition books by top rock musicians.

#1 Bob Dylan – Drawn Blank

Bob Dylan Drawn Blank prints catalogue

Bob Dylan Drawn Blank Series Catalogue: Deluxe Edition © Halcyon Gallery

There have been several catalogues of the releases of Bob Dylan’s Drawn Blank prints.

The latest, Bob Dylan – The Drawn Blank Series Catalogue (2013), comes in two versions: a standard version, priced at £45; and Bob Dylan – The Drawn Blank Series Catalogue Deluxe Edition, housed in a boxed package, including two limited edition pencil sketch lithographs, in a limited edition of 999, priced at £450.

Available from publishers Halcyon Gallery

#2 Rolling Stones – The Brussels Affair Box, Collector’s Edition

Rolling Stones Collector's Box Set

The Brussels Affair Box – Collector’s Edition © Stones Archive

A Brussels Affair (1973), long a key Rolling Stones audio bootleg, has been brought in-house for official release by the Rolling Stones Archive.

The magnificent album is available as an MP3 download, retailing for a giveaway $7.

The considerate folk at Rolling Stones Archive have catered for serious Rolling Stones collectors by also releasing a deluxe package, with the music presented on two CDs and as a triple set of 180gm vinyl LPs.

The highlight of the package for me, though, is the striking cased book documenting the 1973 tour, with text by Nick Kent and photographs by Michael Putland, numbered and signed by them… and Mick Jagger.

The box also has a lithograph of the 1973 tour poster (and a custom-made watch!)

The Brussels Affair Box – Collector’s Edition comes in a limited edition of 1,727, priced at $750.

Available from the Stones Archive

#3 Van Morrison – Lit Up Inside

Van Morrison lyrics Faber

Van Morrison limited edition lyrics Lit Up Inside

And on 2 October Faber are to release the selected lyrics of Van Morrison, as a trade hardback, a Limited Edition of 250 (£150) and a Deluxe Edition of 50 (£500).

Lit Up Inside is a double first. It marks the first publication of Van Morrison lyrics. And it’s the first venture into limited edition publishing in the rock market by Faber, the legendary London publisher best known for its long association with TS Eliot.

Available from Faber

These are innovative limited edition books from a trio of top rock acts … very tempting.

Van Morrison album cover in fine London exhibition of photographs by David Wedgbury

An image from a Van Morrison album cover steals the show at a fine exhibition of rock art photography I visited in Piccadilly, London last week.

Them album cover shoot by David Wedgbury

Them © David Wedgbury/Snap Galleries 2014

The photograph is from the shoot for Van Morrison’s first LP, Them (Decca, 1965), which had memorable tracks like Gloria and Bright Lights, Big City.

Eagle-eyed readers will have realised that the photo is not quite the image used for the album cover, but you have to look closely to tell the difference.

The Beat Goes On

The exhibition, The Beat Goes On: Classic Images from the 1960s by David Wedgbury, also features photographs of Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Small Faces, The Who, David Bowie and Marianne Faithfull, among others.

It evokes the essence of rockpop at a particularly creative time and place – early- to mid-1960s England – with photographs from album shoots and lesser-known news/documentary images.

David Wedgbury

So who’s David Wedgbury?

I hadn’t heard of him either, though many of his images are very familiar from 1960s album covers.

Who could forget his “Beano” cover from the classic John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers LP?

Snap Galleries

The Beat Goes On runs at Snap Galleries, 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1 until 23 July. It’s recommended, but you need to hurry – it closes next Wednesday.

The images on display are available to buy, in limited editions.