In his latest "Books to Look for" column in F&SF, Charles de Lint asks the following:

Oh, and while I have your ear. This combination of time travel and the Village in the '60s reminds me of a story that I've been trying to track down for years—for so long, in fact, that I'm beginning to think I must have imagined it. Naturally, I can't remember the author or title. But it was about a fellow who went back to that time with a crate full of seminal music recordings from the same era (Dylan, etc.) and then proceeded to pawn them off as his own.

If that rings a bell, could you drop me a line and let me know what the story is?

Anybody here able to help him out?

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    Marty McFly? :) May 29, 2012 at 14:07
  • @DVK He did try something like that. I think it was a Sports Almanac though.
    – Kalamane
    May 29, 2012 at 14:36
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    @Kalamane McFly also invented Chuck Barry's guitar licks, via his cousin Marvin. May 29, 2012 at 15:11
  • I think it could be argued that Chuck Barry still invented those, as that's where Marty learned them.
    – Kalamane
    May 29, 2012 at 17:55
  • Well it's the classical Shakespeare's paradox : Marty learned them from Chuck Berry, and Chuck Berry used them because of Marty... So who invented them ?
    – XGouchet
    May 30, 2012 at 13:28

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Gordon Van Gelder (the editor of F&SF) has made known that de Lint got several reader responses, identifying the story as Bob Dylan, Troy Jonson, and the Speed Queen, by F. Paul Wilson.

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