Bob Dylan fans now know just how heavy the icon's song lyrics are -- 13-and-a-half pounds. That's the approximate weight of a hefty new book called The Lyrics: Since 1962, which collects every word Dylan has ever recorded on an album or official bootleg.
Simon and Schuster's President and Publisher Jonathan Karp tells The New York Times it's the biggest and most expensive book they've ever published. The more affordable 960-page version costs $200. But the limited edition version -- of which there are only 50 numbered copies -- has a price tag of $5,000 and features a slipcase, gilded pages, and a signature from Dylan himself.
The Lyrics was compiled by Boston University faculty member and British literary scholar Christopher Ricks. Karp says Ricks used notebooks and manuscripts provided by Dylan to help as the editor creatively offset refrains, choruses, and bridges, and let certain lines run on as the songwriter originally intended.
The Lyrics: Since 1962 is due out in November.
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