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Bob Dylan sued by estate of Desire co-writer over catalogue sale

By Laura Snapes

 

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Bob Dylan performing in San Francisco in 1975. Photograph: Alvan Meyerowitz/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

 

The wife and the publishing company of Jacques Levy, who co-wrote several songs from Bob Dylan’s 1976 album Desire, are suing the songwriter for $7.25m (£5.25m) following the recent sale of Dylan’s songwriting catalogue to Universal Music. The deal was reportedly valued at $300m (£217.3m).

 

Levy’s lawsuit claims that Dylan owes Levy’s family 35% of income from the long, narrative songs he co-wrote for Desire – Hurricane, Isis, Mozambique; Oh, Sister; Joey, Romance in Durango and Black Diamond Bay – and said that Dylan’s associates had “refused to remit to [Levy’s family] their rightful share of the revenue and/or income earned from the catalog sale with respect to the compositions”.

 

Dylan’s lawyer, Orin Snyder, told Pitchfork that the lawsuit was “a sad attempt to unfairly profit off of the recent catalog sale. The plaintiffs have been paid everything they are owed. We are confident that we will prevail. And when we do, we will hold plaintiffs and their counsel responsible for bringing this meritless case.”

 

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jan/21/bob-dylan-sued-by-estate-of-desire-co-writer-over-catalogue-sale

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1 hour ago, snoop1130 said:

the long, narrative songs he co-wrote for Desire – Hurricane, Isis, Mozambique; Oh, Sister; Joey, Romance in Durango and Black Diamond Bay

Wow, this guy co-wrote some of (?) the best Dylan songs, from his best album....

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