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Bob Dylan Covers Rebecca Black: Top Stories of March 2011

Bob Dylan‘s cover of “Friday” by Rebecca Black and our Best Book Editors on Twitter list topped our headlines in March 2011.

Welcome to GalleyCat’s annual year-end roundup of publishing headlines. It’s a chance to celebrate our good news and reflect on the bad news. Visit our Year in Review link as the series unfolds.

1. Friday Cover by Fake Bob Dylan Spawns YouTube Storytelling
2. Amanda Hocking Scores Four-Book Deal
3. Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 Cover Revealed By Chip Kidd
4. Dorchester Publishing Boycott Launched

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Rebecca Black Friday Cover by Fake Bob Dylan Spawns YouTube Storytelling

Musical prankster recorded a hilarious cover of Rebecca Black‘s infamous pop song, “Friday.” He turned the fluffy lyrics into a bit of rock music history, calling his version “a lost recording from Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes.” The fake Dylan version is embedded above.

The video has since earned over a million views, spawning a small fiction-writing workshop in the comments section as other pranksters share memories of listening to the fake song in Vietnam, in prison, and other strange places. We’ve collected a few of our favorite comments below. What do you think about this new genre of Internet fiction–YouTube storytelling?

TheNewguitarlessons wrote: “I was a rehabilitation officer at the San Quentin Penitentiary in the summer of 1972. Bob Dylan was detained overnight following an arrest for cocaine possession. He was in bad shape. Teary-eyed, he looked at me through the holding cell bars and begged me to bring him his guitar from the property locker. Knowing he had hit rock bottom, I obliged. He then played this song with the kind of emotion one rarely sees from artists these days. In that moment, we all forgot where we were — we were happy.”

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