Bob Dylan has new six-book deal with Simon & Schuster

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How many books must a rock star write, before you can call him a scribe? It looks like the chameleonic oracle himself, Bob Dylan, is going to have to curtail his touring schedule a bit so he can pump out some prose. Dylan has a new six-book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster, which brought out the singer's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Chronicles: Volume One in 2004. The deal was negotiated by notorious literary agent Andrew Wylie, who was seeking an eight-figure sum, although details of the deal's final numbers have yet to be released. According to industry insiders, the books include two sequels to Chronicles and a collection of riffs from Dylan's quirky Theme Time Radio Hour show on Sirius/XM.

The deal was solidified after the wily Wylie had spent months trying to create interest in the proposal among other publishers despite S&S's contention that it owned the rights to any Chronicles follow-ups. Said the editor, "Wylie's contention was that S&S didn't own the 'memoir,' because Chronicles was 'nonfiction' stories from his life and not a memoir." But despite Wylie's hairsplitting ruse, no house would bite for fear of legal action. This is great news for Dylanologists, or any fans of that kid from Minnesota who loved Woody Guthrie. And I'm glad he didn't stoop to the coffee table-gouging of Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, whose first book retailed for six-hundred and eighty-three dollars.