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
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
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
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.