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PostPosted: Tue September 15th, 2009, 16:36 GMT 
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This was posted on the ER News page a few weeks back, but I forgot to mention it here.

The TTRH Compendium book, which has been listed on Amazon since 2008 has had a title change to, "Bob Dylan Untitled Christmas Book," and with a changed release date of "November 1, 2011." You'll note if you go to the Amazon page that it still uses the TTRH Compendium cover mockup.

If I had to make a guess, this is simply a placeholder by Amazon for a book that may or may not get published and may or may not have anything to do with TTRH if/when it does get published. I know something of the background of the original Compendium. Dylan - or more accurately, Grey Water Park Productions - was originally contracted to do the book but it was eventually decided that they couldn't do the book they wanted to do in the time frame that Simon and Schuster wanted, which was for a Christmas `08 release.

That begs the question of why they didn't move on and ready it for the Christmas `09 season, and for that question I don't have a specific answer. My impression was that Dylan's camp had its attention turned towards other projects by late 2008 and from their perspective TTRH was already a closed book (no pun intended). There was also probably a feeling that the book would have had a wider audience while TTRH was still airing new episodes, which it still was in 2008 to early 2009, but not after it went into reruns.

I don't know what the planned content for the Compendium was - I'm not sure the book ever got to the content stage - but at its advertised 176 pages I suspect it would have been a piece of ephemera similar to the Bob Dylan Scrapbook, probably a good Christmas present for the Dylan fan in your family, but probably not a big seller after the holidays. Like the Scrapbook, it probably would have been remaindered a few months after publication.

There was also some talk in the Dylan camp about a series of "Theme" books, too, tying into the TTRH franchise. Again, I don't know whether that idea has been back-burnered or abandoned altogether. It's possible that the "untitled Christmas Book" might be the first of those theme books. It's just as possible that being contracted to eventually deliver a book, Dylan's people said, "Yep, yep. We'll have that book for you Real Soon Now - sometime between now and when the delivery date expires in 2011."

PostPosted: Tue September 15th, 2009, 16:57 GMT 
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Thanks, Fred, good info as always.

I hope Christmas In The Heart isn't the reason for the delay. A Theme Time book could potentially be much better...

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