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I Need to Know: The Lost Interviews

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pile of albums and cassette tapes with headphones. I need to know - the lost music interviews.

We are excited to participate in Smithsonian Magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day! Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion by asking all participating museums to provide free admission to anyone who presents a free Museum Day ticket. We feel strongly about ensuring our museum is accessible to all, which is why we offer free admission year-round.

This year, Museum Day is celebrating the Smithsonian Year of Music so we are honored to welcome back journalist and author, Bill DeYoung, to speak about his latest book “I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews.” “I Need to Know” includes 23 revealing conversations with seminal music artists including Tom Petty (four lengthy interviews conducted between 1985 and 1993), Beatles producer Sir George Martin, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bo Diddley and others.

As a bonus, the book includes never-before-published conversations with acting legends Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall.

The majority of the in-depth interviews have never been published in their entirety. A few were conducted for newspaper stories – which utilized a few quotes here and there – and the rest were written up as features for a niche publication, the music magazine Goldmine.

A book signing will follow Mr. DeYoung’s presentation.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Bill DeYoung was Arts and Entertainment Editor of the Gainesville Sun for 20 years, before moving on to publications in South Florida and Savannah, Georgia. The author of the Florida-centric books Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down and Phil Gernhard, Record Man, he currently writes and edits the Culture section of the St. Pete Catalyst.

This program is sponsored in part by Visit Gainesville / Alachua County, FL and Florida Division of Cultural Affairs


September 21
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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