ABOUT THE BOOK:
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 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..
Foreword,, Prologue, Section One: The Beginnings 1: The Boat and the Notebooks 2: The Team Comes Together 3: The Setup Section Two: The Songs 4: Blind Willie McTell 5: Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight 6: Jokerman 7: License to Kill 8: Clean-Cut Kid 9: Man of Peace 10: Someone’s Got a Hold of My Heart 11: Sweetheart Like You 12: Neighborhood Bully 13: Tell Me 14: Foot of Pride (Too Late) 15: Union Sundown 16: I And I 17: Julius and Ethel 18: Lord Protect My Child 19: Death Is Not the End 20: Prison Guard 21: The Major Covers 22: Covers, Jams, Noodles, Etc. 23: Maybe, Maybe Not 24: The Videos Conclusion Section Three: Appendices Information and Acknowledgements 1: Clichés, Aphorisms and Images 2: Images in the Jokerman Video 3: Infidels Songs Performed Live 4: The Sessions, Publisher and Copyright Information, Acknowledgements.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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. His first book was based upon a 1970 Master’s thesis. Surving in a Ruthless World fulfills a pledge to produce a book every fifty years.