First Edition Printing of Bob Dylan The Lyrics Since 1962

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We have one Very Fine copy of the First Edition of The Lyrics: Since 1962 on sale at $199.

The first printing was limited to 3,500 copies worldwide and sold out almost immediately.

This is certainly the largest book ever printed about Bob Dylan and the most prestigious. With commentary by the noted Bob Dylan scholar Christopher Ricks, The Lyrics sets the standard for artful presentation of the lyrics of the greatest songwriter of the 20th Century.

Bob Dylan The Lyrics Since 1962 – First Printing

In the words of Ricks: “For fifty years, all the world has delighted in Bob Dylan’s books of words and more than words: provocative, mysterious, touching, baffling, not-to-be-pinned-down, intriguing, and a reminder that genius is free to do as it chooses. And, again and again, these are not the words that he sings on the initially released albums.”

This edition changes things, giving us the words from officially released studio and live recordings, as well as selected variant lyrics and revisions to these, recent revisions and retrospective ones; and, from the archives, words that, till now, have not been published.

The Lyrics, edited with diligence by Christopher Ricks, Lisa Nemrow, and Julie Nemrow. As set down, as sung, and as sung again.Bob Dylan fans wax eloquent about the original first printing volume of The Lyrics: Since 1962 .

“Absolute gorgeousness. It’s massive, hefty, extremely well made and well bound. The paper stock is smooth and supple, and the color reproductions of each studio album (LP covers mostly) is on an even heavier paper stock.”

“To me the book is gorgeous inside and out. From the parchment like almost transparent dustcover to the gilded words and images on the cover. The paper itself is heavy stock, semi gloss and the album covers are faithfully reproduced front and back. The book goes album by album and lyric by lyric from his first album all the way through Another Self Portrait. Having his entire (or mostly so) output of musical poetry in one deluxe volume is fantastic. I ordered it the day it was announced and am glad I did as the 2500 copies sold out within days.”

“As Bob Dylan has been such a prolific songwriter, his oeuvre is large and complex, and any book containing his lyrics will have to have quite a bit of girth. This new release is, I have to say, the heaviest book I own, though not quite the largest (in height and width). Weighing 13 1/2 pounds, this is not a book that is easy to read. However, it contains multitudes.”

Editors of The Lyrics (from left) Lisa Nemrow, Julie Nemrow, and Christopher Ricks. Photo by Cydney Scott

Publisher – Un-Gyve Press / Simon and Schuster. For details on how Christopher Ricks and sisters Lisa Nemrow and Julie Nemrow collaborated on this special book, see “In the Service of Bob Dylan’s Genius – The Lyrics is an elegant, outsized tribute to the Bard”  Boston University.

Please note this book can only be shipped to the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Seller – Rambling Boy Music. Agent –  The Lyrics: Since 1962

Simon & Schuster |  960 pages | ISBN 9781476797700 | October 2014

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network

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