The original plan here has obviously been scrapped, mostly because it was caught up in the increasing rancor that unhappily spreads from some segments of the online Dylan community. I have turned up a small stash of Dylan-related publications that haven't been widely available, and intend to offer them up as "donation" premiums -- i.e., I'll be selling them off -- in the near future. If all goes well, I'll have an announcement of a very substantial publication/project early next year (2005).
Given the growing level of expenses associated with this site -- not the webspace/bandwidth cost, because I've been using free webspace, but other
costs related to the research involved in this site and affiliated projects --
I've been looking for a way to make the whole operation more self-financing. Not
profitable, not even break-even, just not so much of a cash drain. I'm not asking for cash gifts, or direct financial support; I
don't think that's appropriate. Instead, what I plan to do is offer a series of Dylan-related publications for sale,
making more of my private research/commentary generally available. They won't be full-fledged books, but more in the nature of moderately sized,
35-100 page booklets. And they'll be priced above the reproduction/postage cost -- if they weren't, after all, issuing them wouldn't be any help.
Who knows, if they're popular enough I'll issue a series of signed and numbered, limited edition collectible versions . . .
Or not . . .
Anyway, the first in the series will probably be the more complete version of the line recordings / "soundboards" guide that
I (rather foolishly) posted in greatly abridged form on the Dylanpool board a while back.
There'll be a formal announcement of the project on or about April 15, in connection with the next Guide update.