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Bob Dylan, a once-in-a-generation artist who emigrated from the “North Country” of Hibbing, Minnesota and found fame in the bohemian circles of New York’s Greenwich Village, remains one of America’s most influential and important cultural figures. With more than 500 songs, 50 albums, and 110 million record sales to his name, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

His vast archive of manuscripts and recordings—the existence of which was a secret until it was brought to Tulsa in 2016 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation—can help us track this journey, revealing for the first time the essential fabric of Dylan’s art: his uncanny ability to synthesize contrasting traditions—folk and rock, poetry and pop, the classical with the modern.