A 2005 interview with the late Jim Dickinson about his work with Alex Chilton, Paul Westerberg and his North Mississippi Allstar sons Luther and Cody.
On November 3, 1956, The Wizard of Oz—a film made and released in 1939 by MGM—made its television debut. CBS paid MGM $225,000, a huge amount in ‘56, for the rights to televise the film and to re-broadcast it if the telecast was a success. And what a success it was, becoming the most-watched film […]
Farewell to Lou Reed, who left this earth on October 27, 2013. What follows is a rare interview with one of rock and roll’s most prolific artists about songwriting, recording, The Velvet Underground and the low bar set by the entertainment industry. Rest in peace, Lou, and thank you for sharing your creative life with us.
Years ago when his friend Bob Dylan told him he was a poet, Petty was flustered. “I couldn’t help feel it was like being told you’re an archer,” he said, “and you know you don’t even own a bow.” His reluctance to consider himself a poet is probably one of the reasons he endures as such an extraordinary and prolific songwriter.
“I guess I always loved to write, but I never had anything to really encourage it. I never thought I could be a journalist or novelist or anything, I just had a wild imagination and songwriting gave me enough rope to run with it.” From that imagination has sprung some of the most beloved characters, […]
Ashley Cleveland is an admittedly broken person. At an early age, the rickety foundation of a ruptured family, disconnection and shame sent her careening down a dark road paved with self-destruction. Hers has been a journey where alcoholism, drugs, an unplanned pregnancy, single motherhood, and an ever-present longing to fit in and know love were […]
When asked many years ago what he most wanted out of life, Shel Silverstein answered, “Everything.” It was a characteristic answer from this elusive, legendary artist who was born in Chicago on September 25, 1930 and died in Key West on May 10, 1999. He wanted everything out of life, but like the famous subject […]
Most of my readers know about my deep, abiding and often embarrassing love for Dan Fogelberg and his music. He filled the soundtrack of my youth, made me want to learn to play the guitar, was the model for all the moody musicians I fell for in college, and trying to figure out how to […]
“People say each of my albums sounds just like the previous one,” says J.J. Cale. “I’ve tried to change, but whenever I finish something, it just sounds like me.” Lots of fans—including Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Neil Young—are happy that’s the case. Beginning with such songs as “After Midnight,” “Cocaine” and “Call Me the […]