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30 Years Ago In the Studio: Lou Reed 6-5-89

The late Lou Reed was one of the most formative interviews in my career precisely because his brutal honesty made it so challenging. I could not help but notice that, in his role as host/inteviewer on the cable television series Spectacle, Elvis Costello was literally star-struck when interviewing Lou Reed, who along with John Cale […]

Paul McCartney- Blackbird January 1991

This may have been one of the MTV Unplugged  series highlights, a live loose acoustic performance by the former Beatle and Wings leader in early 1991 with a crack band of veterans including Robbie McIntosh on lead guitar (ex-Pretenders) and Hamish Stewart (together with McIntosh they led the Average White Band to the top of […]

Graham Parker- You Can’t Be Too Strong- Dallas 10-88

Regardless of where you now stand on the issue of abortion rights, I think we all would agree that this touching, tender, yet confrontationally honest song from Graham Parker‘s 1979 masterpiece Squeezing Out Sparks (#331 on Rolling Stone‘s Top 500 Albums of All Time) took great empathy for Parker to write and great courage to […]

30 Years Ago In the Studio: Todd Rundgren- Something Anything

He may have missed the cut on this year’s Rock Hall inductions, but thirty years ago this week In the Studio put forth Todd Rundgren’s nomination loud and clear by spotlighting him and his Spring 1972 double solo masterpiece” Something/ Anything?” in this interview as our episode #48.

The Who- Pinball Wizard medley- Toronto 12-17-82

The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey  are out this Summer in North America accompanied by an orchestra to celebrate Tommy‘s  50th anniversary. A much-bootlegged “final” show at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens in December 1982 has been circulating for years, but this performance of the Tommy  medley that night from the Redbeard archives is official […]