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Join us on Thursday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. CDT as we discuss author Terry Gans' essential "Surviving in a Ruthless World" ahead of the release of Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985).
"Surviving in a Ruthless World"

Join us on Thursday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. CDT as we discuss author Terry Gans' essential Surviving in a Ruthless World ahead of the September 17 release of Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 (1980-1985). Bob Dylan Center Archives Director Mark Davidson will sit down with the author to discuss his process of crafting this richly interrogative piece and to give our insiders a glimpse behind Dylan's archival curtain.

Bob Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels was a departure from his previous works in so many ways – lyrics, music, production and spirit. It is unique amongst Dylan's albums, and while songs like ‘Jokerman’ and ‘I and I’ are well known, the album is less so. Surviving in a Ruthless World draws on previously unseen, and unheard resources in The Bob Dylan Archive in Tulsa. It is the story of the writing and the recording of the album’s eight songs and unreleased tracks from the Infidels project.

Author Terry Gans was granted unique permission to write, research and quote from Dylan’s personal notebooks, voluminous song drafts, 49 reels of master session tapes and from reference recordings and documents. Together with interviews with musicians, managers, video producers, and more, Terry Gans creates a detailed picture of Bob Dylan creating his art with all of his usual mystery and magic.

More about Terry Gans
Terry Gans has been a journalist, songwriter, businessperson, mayor, husband and father. These experiences blend with an almost insatiable curiosity and nearly-lifelong interest in Bob Dylan. Surviving in a Ruthless World fulfills a pledge to produce a book every fifty years.

You can pick up a copy of Surviving in a Ruthless World from your favorite local bookstore.

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