Dylan sells rights to his entire 60-year catalog of songs to Universal Music

Publishing group acquires collection of over 600 tracks, whose influence is probably only matched by The Beatles’

Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles, January 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles, January 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

NEW YORK — Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of songs, which reaches back 60 years is being acquired by Universal Music Publishing Group.

The catalog contains 600 song copyrights including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” and “Tangled Up In Blue.”

The influence of Dylan’s body of work may only be matched by that of the Beatles.

Financial terms were not disclosed in Monday’s announcement.

“Brilliant and moving, inspiring and beautiful, insightful and provocative, his songs are timeless—whether they were written more than half a century ago or yesterday,” said Sir Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group, in a prepared statement.

Bob Dylan, infrared, Woodstock, New York, 1968. (Elliott Landy/Press License, Landy-The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot/via JTA)

Dylan’s songs have been recorded more than 6,000 times, by various artists from dozens of countries, cultures and music genres, including the Jimi Hendrix version of “All Along The Watchtower.”

The transaction’s announcement comes a few weeks after the singer-songwriter’s musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics sold at auction for a total of $495,000.

Dylan first entered the public consciousness with New York City’s Greenwich Village folk scene during the early 1960s. When he brought an electric guitar on stage in 1965, he split the music community in what was considered a radical departure for an artist.

Dylan then produced three albums back to back in just over a year that are changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll that decade, starting with “Bringing It All Back Home.”

Dylan has sold more than 125 million records globally. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the first songwriter to receive such a distinction.

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