Bill DeYoung

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.

The majority of the in-depth interviews have never been published in their entirety. They were conducted for various newspaper stories – which utilized a few quotes here and there – or for the international music magazine Goldmine.




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Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung is senior writer and editor for the St. Pete Catalyst. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, he spent three decades at newspapers in the state, and is the author of Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down, Phil Gernhard Record Man, I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews and Vintage St. Pete: The Golden Age of Tourism and More. His play Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge will have its world premiere in Spring 2021.

“These lost-and-found interviews don’t just form an important historical document; they’re also a trove of musical and personal insights into important artists of our time,” said John Capouya, author of the acclaimed Florida Soul: From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band. “DeYoung’s subjects – partners, really – clearly know and trust him, so they offer deeper and less guarded responses then we’re used to seeing in music journalism. Highly recommended.’’

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John Capouya – Author of Florida Soul and Gorgeous George

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