Bob Dylan record sales go through the roof

The star enjoys an indian summer

Bob Dylan is enjoying a tenfold increase in album sales following the recent flurry of media attention.

And experts at retailer HMV reckon it is the biggest hike in the folk hero’s five-decade career.

The renewed interest in Dylan is in part due to Martin Scorsese’s two-part documentary, ‘No Direction Home’, which was screened in the UK on BBC2 this week.

HMV Head Of Music Phil Penman said: “These are the largest increases we’ve seen with Dylan’s catalogue for many years. As with other music icons, such as Elvis, The Beatles and Sinatra, Dylan has a significant fanbase and his recordings will always sell.

“In September, however, there has been an enormous renewed increase in his work, with HMV stores throughout the country reporting substantial increases in sales of his catalogue.”

Virtually all of Dylan’s catalogue has seen an upturn in sales, the most dramatic being last year’s compilation ‘The Essential Bob Dylan’.