Published Oct 08, 2014Bob Dylan is famous for his lyrics, and now the folk music poet is having the words from all of his songs collected in an absolutely massive anthology. It's called The Lyrics: Since 1962, and it will be out in November through Simon & Schuster.
The New York Times reports that the hefty book will weigh in at around 13 and a half pounds. It contains over 960 pages and has dimensions a little larger than an LP (13 inches).
These will be printed in a run of 3,500 copies at $200 a pop, with a special numbered edition of 50 signed by Dylan himself costing $5,000. The signed copies will only be available through DylanSignedBook.com and come in a custom slipcase. "It's the biggest, most expensive book we've ever published, as far as I know," Simon & Schuster boss Jonathan Karp said.
The book is edited by Christopher Ricks, Lisa Nemrow and Julie Nemrow. Ricks also wrote the introduction. It is extensive to say the least: the lyrics appear chronologically, and even alternate versions of songs from the Bootleg Series are included, giving a sense of how the songs have evolved over different sessions.
Album covers — front and back — also appear. Only material that has been officially released was considered for inclusion.
Clearly, Dylan is on board for the project, given that he signed some of the copies. The publisher, however, is remaining mum on whether Dylan provided an feedback or guidance regarding how the lyrics should appear.
The book can be ordered here.
In related news, an all-star cast of musicians recorded some long-lost Dylan lyrics for the upcoming album Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, due out November 21 through Harvest Records.