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  • Johnny Cash on The Gospel

    Apr 08, 2014 | 8 min
    Animated Transcript Johnny Cash: I’ve always hung out with long-hairs. I’ve always hung out with people of that ilk. I’m one of the originals. I had sideburns down to my chin in ’50- For a while there I did. When I started my own TV show in Nashville in ’69, I had a group called […]The post Johnny Cash on The Gospel appeared first on Blank on Blank.
  • Heath Ledger on Role Playing

    Mar 04, 2014 | 7 min
    Animated Transcript One afternoon back in the fall of 2005, the actor, Heath Ledger, was walking through his Brooklyn neighborhood with Christine Spines—then a writer for Entertainment Weekly. Ledger’s latest film, Brokeback Mountain, was about to be released. He had recently become a father. Michelle Williams, whom he had met on the set of Brokeback […]The post Heath Ledger on Role Playing appeared first on Blank on Blank.
  • Stan Getz on Wasted Years

    Feb 24, 2014 | 7 min
    Transcript Stan Getz: I think what we did was in spite of the drugs. The drugs were in the culture long before they reached the public. The jazz musician’s been in the forefront of the language that’s used now, the drugs that’s used now. The whole attitude of the ‘80’s comes from the ‘40’s. It […]
  • Pete Seeger on “We Shall Overcome”

    Feb 07, 2014 | 7 min
    Transcript Music: Pete Seeger “We Shall Overcome” | The Mighty Clouds of Joy “We Will Overcome” | Guy Carawan “We Shall Overcome” Photos: Jennifer Konig via Flickr
  • Tupac Shakur on Life and Death

    Feb 06, 2014 | 7 min
    Transcript Music: TUPAC I Get Around / Shorty Want to Be A Thug / Hail Mary / Changes / So Many Tears Photo: AP
  • Barry White on Making Love

    Feb 06, 2014 | 7 min
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  • John Updike on Family Affairs

    Feb 06, 2014 | 7 min
    Transcript Music: LATCHE SWING Hungaria / Rhythme Gitane JACKSON F. SMITH “Cantina Rag”
  • Jimi Hendrix on The Experience

    Feb 06, 2014 | 8 min
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  • Pete Seeger on “We Shall Overcome”

    Feb 06, 2014 | 7 min
    Transcript Music: Pete Seeger “We Shall Overcome” | The Mighty Clouds of Joy “We Will Overcome” | Guy Carawan “We Shall Overcome” Photos: Jennifer Konig via Flickr
  • Barry White on Making Love

    Jan 10, 2014 | 7 min
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  • John Updike on Family Affairs

    Dec 18, 2013 | 7 min
    Transcript Music: LATCHE SWING Hungaria / Rhythme Gitane JACKSON F. SMITH “Cantina Rag”
  • Tupac Shakur on Being Alone / Life & Death

    Dec 03, 2013 | 7 min
    Transcript Music: TUPAC I Get Around / Shorty Want to Be A Thug / Hail Mary / Changes / So Many Tears Photo: AP
  • Grace Kelly on JFK

    Nov 19, 2013 | 7 min
    Transcript Music:FRANCES GALL Pense a Moi / JOHNNY RIPPER Loading… / JULIUS HEMPHILL SEXTET The Hard Blues / ADVENT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Concerto for 2 Oboes in Fmajor Op9 no3 Allegro / XPURM BRPLE Photos: Cecil Stoughton / Robert L. Knudsen / White House Photographs / JFK Library / UPI
  • Jerry Garcia on The Acid Tests

    Nov 05, 2013 | 8 min
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  • Kurt Cobain on Identity

    Oct 24, 2013 | 7 min
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  • Ray Charles on Singing True

    Oct 19, 2013 | 7 min
    Transcript Music: Ray Charles “What’d I Say” “Georgia On My Mind” “Rockhouse” “I Believe To My Soul”
  • Janis Joplin on Rejection

    Sep 26, 2013 | 6 min
    Animation Transcript Music: Janis Joplin Cry Baby, Kozmic Blues, I Need A Man To Love, Summertime    
  • Fidel Castro 1959: The Lost Interview

    Jul 24, 2013 | 10 min
    Animation Transcript Hear the Full 35-minute Interview English Transcript Spanish Transcript
  • Farrah Fawcett on Stiletto Power

    Jul 12, 2013 | 8 min
    Transcript Music YACHT “The Afterlife” | Jahzzar “Haunted” & ”Memories” | Henry Mancini “Charlie’s Angels Theme”  
  • Louis Armstrong on Keeping His Chops

    Jun 27, 2013 | 8 min
    Transcript Music Louis Armstrong ”Mack the Knife” | ”When the Saints Go Marching In” | ”Dream a Little Dream”
  • Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid

    Jun 10, 2013 | 8 min
    Transcript Music: Oskar Schuster “Sneeuwland” | Johnny Ripper “Opening Credits” | Ergo Phizmiz & Margita Zalite “Rolands Vegners” Photo: James Nicoloro Productions
  • James Brown on Conviction, Respect & Ronald Reagan

    May 28, 2013 | 7 min
    Music James Brown “The Boss” | “White Lightning, I Mean Moonshine” | “Living in America” | “Sportin’ Life”
  • Wilt Chamberlain on Tall Tales

    May 21, 2013 | 7 min
    Interview by Ann Liguori Original interview aired in 1992 on “Sports Innerview with Ann Liguori” Purchase the full-length conversation on DVD @ annliguori.com Transcript Wilt Chamberlain: My thing I liked was to challenge guys that were smaller, guys that were supposed to be quicker. Because I think self-consciously I was trying to prove to people [...]
  • Beastie Boys on Being Stupid

    May 02, 2013 | 9 min
    Interview by Rocci Fisch for ABC News Radio 1985, Washington, D.C. Cassette Tape Transcript Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz: “I wouldn’t be surprised if when we come back from this tour and we start recording our album we have like a song that’s just like a classic hit like The Beatles’ ‘Baby You Can Drive my Car.’” [...]
  • Jim Morrison on Why Fat is Beautiful

    Apr 02, 2013 | 6 min
    Interview by Howard Smith Los Angeles, November 1969. Reel-to-reel tape recorder The Smith Tapes, available on iTunes and Amazon MP3. Transcript Jim Morrison: Are you hungry? Howard Smith: Why do you ask that? Jim Morrison: Well, maybe we could order out for some sandwiches or something. Chicken delight or something.   Music The Doors “Soul [...]
  • Larry King on Getting Seduced

    Mar 20, 2013 | 5 min
    Interview by Cal Fussman Los Angeles, 2001 Related article appeared in Esquire Transcript Larry King: All these tales, any of the stories were not funny when they were happening. I was scared to death going to the principal’s office. Having firemen come running in when you’re asleep on the air. Scared to death. The night [...]
  • Thomas Bradshaw on Humor at Funerals

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by Margo Jefferson, summer 2009 | digital recorder * Read the entire interview with Thomas Bradshaw at Bombsite.com. * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Shawn Wen Transcript Music: Bonobo “Flutter” | Bobby Johnston ”One Good Reason for Living” | DMST ”In Mind” Photo: David Paul Morris
  • Jonathan Alter on How to Interview a President

    Jan 22, 2013 | 8 min
    * Interview with President Obama by Jonathan Alter | The Oval Office, November 30, 2009 | digital recorder * Conversation was central to Jonathan Alter’s book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One. Available from Amazon * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Music: Your Hand in Mind “Tea Time” | Shuta Hasunuma “Discover Tokyo”
  • The Bunny Mother on Life at the Playboy Club

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by David Gerlach | Upper West Side of Manhattan, Spring 2003 | microcassette recorder * Producer: Dave McGuire Transcript Music: The Larry Page Orchestra “Zabadak” | Juan García Esquivel “Miniskirt” |Piero Piccioni “Isabel”
  • Allen Ginsberg and Julian Beck on Reagan, Recordings & Resilience

    Jan 22, 2013 | 12 min
    * Recorded in August 1984 | Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City * Tape generously provided by the Living Theatre in New York City. Learn more @ livingtheatre.org * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producers: Amy Drozdowska & Libby Walker Transcript Photo: The Allen Ginsberg Project Music: Radicalfashion “Shousetsu” | Hans Otte “Das Buch Der Klange (Part 1)” | Phil Ochs “When [...]
  • Dave Brubeck on Fighting Communism with Jazz

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by John Dankosky | On stage at the Litchfield Jazz Festival, August 2008 | digital recorder * Extended conversation with Dave Brubeck originally aired on Where We Live on WNPR Connecticut. * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Music: Dave Brubeck live at the 2008 Litchfield Jazz Festival Photo: C.J. Peters [...]
  • Christina Ricci at 18 on Anorexia and Other Taboo Subjects

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Thomas Beller Fall 1998 | restaurant and apartment in New York City | cassette tape recorder * Beller’s profile of Christina Ricci, “Hello Nasty”, appeared in SPIN Magazine * Executive producer: David Gerlach Transcript Music Credit: Beatconductor “Guarambembere” | Fred Jackson “Easin’ On Down” Photo Credit: Entertainment Press / Shutterstock.com
  • Kiki Smith on Tattoos and Making Your Own Art

    Jan 22, 2013 | 8 min
    * Interview by Tift Merritt | Kiki Smith’s kitchen/studio in New York City, 2011 * Listen to the entire interview via The Spark * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Music: All songs by Tift Merritt
  • Bill Draper on Fidel Castro and Their $20 Bet

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Danielle Sacks | Silicon Valley, Spring 2012 | digital recorder * Read the extended profile on Bill Draper and his family in the July/August 2012 issue of Fast Company magazine. * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska | Slideshow: Libby Walker Transcript Photo Credits: Las Razones de Cuba via Flickr Music Credits: Ellen Allien ”Zauber” | Belle [...]
  • Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on Wankers & Confronting Who You Are

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by Brian Raftery | Loews Hotel Philadelphia, May 2006 | digital recorder * Read the profile of Thom Yorke in SPIN magazine. * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Music: Radiohead “Karma Police” | “I Will” | “There There” | Exit Music (for a Film) Photo: BondBeterLeefmilieu via Flickr
  • Rodney King on Forgiveness and Being a Negro

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Bobbi Booker | April 16, 2012–just before he died | by phone, King at home in California | digital recorder * Related article appeared in the Philadelphia Tribune * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Music Credit: Portico Quartet “Pompidou” | Dr. Octagon “Dr. Octagon”
  • Andre Agassi on His Mullet and Finding Himself

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by James Sullivan in 2011 | by phone | digital recorder * Related Q&A appeared in the Boston Globe * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Photo Credit: Carine 06 via Flickr Music Credit: Air “J’ai Dormi Sous” | Myslovitz “theme from the road movie”
  • Pete Seeger on “We Shall Overcome”

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Josh Baron | by phone, 2010 | digital recorder * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Thea Chaloner Transcript Music: Pete Seeger “We Shall Overcome” | The Mighty Clouds of Joy “We Will Overcome” | Guy Carawan “We Shall Overcome” Photos: Jennifer Konig via Flickr
  • Tim Gunn on His FBI Agent Father

    Jan 22, 2013 | 5 min
    * Interview by Danielle Sacks | New York City, Spring 2008 | digital recorder * Read the profile of Tim Gunn, “Project Rehab”, in Fast Company Magazine. * Executive producer: David Gerlach | Film producer: Nick Michael Transcript
  • Amber Heard on Not Sitting Pretty and Shutting Up

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Jason Feifer | Manhattan Hotel in 2011 | digital recorder * Related profile appeared in Women’s Health Magazine * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Photo Credit: Asim Bharwani via Flickr Music Credit: Fourtet “Circling” | Air “Modular Mix” | Electrelane “This Deed” | The Kinks “Animal Farm”
  • Ricky Gervais on Loving Atheism and Jetpacks

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Jane Borden | by phone from England, October 2009 | cassette recording * Related article appeared in Time Out New York * Executive Producer: David Gerlach Transcript Music: Lou Donaldson “It’s Your Thing” | “The Jetsons” Theme Song | The Specials “A Message to You Rudy” Photos: Entertainment Press / Shutterstock.com
  • Caroll Spinney on Creating Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by James Sullivan | Sesame Street Studios, 2006 | digital recorder * Read the profile of Carroll Spinney in the Boston Globe. * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Shawn Wen Transcript Music: ”Sesame Street” Theme Song | Jon Brion “Monday” Photos: Marnie Joyce via Flickr | Clare Nolan via Flickr
  • Jon Hendricks on Learning How to Communicate & The Swing of Language

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Ben Sidran | November 1985 | recording studio in New York City * Listen to the entire conversation @ bensidran.com * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Music Credits: Lambert, Hendricks, Bavan “Cousin Mary” | Jon Hendricks and the Horace Silver Quintent “The Preacher” | Jon Hendricks “Gimme That Wine” | Jon Hendricks [...]
  • Terry O’Neill on His Rolling Stones and Beatles Photos

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Josh Baron | by phone, 2010 | digital recorder Transcript Music: The Rolling Stones “I Wanna Be Your Man” “Under My Thumb” | The Kinks “Picture Yourself” Photos: cinemafestival / Shutterstock.com
  • Bob Marley’s Dietitian on Feeding Him Before He Died

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by David Gerlach | by phone, spring 2011 | digital recording * Producer: Dave McGuire Transcript Music: Bob Marley and the Wailers “Dreamland” Photo: Eddie Mallin via Flickr
  • Adman Alex Bogusky on Rebranding His Competitive Self

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by Danielle Sacks in 2010 | Boulder, Colorado | digital recorder * Read the profile of Alex Bogusky, “The Adman Wants a Soul,” in Fast Company Magazine. * Executive Producer: David Gerlach * Producer: Dave McGuire | Illustrations: Paul Swartz Transcript Music Credits: Hior Chronik “The Sea” Photo Credits: Fast Company Magazine
  • Horror Author Peter Straub on His Love for Soap Operas

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by Peter Straub | Straub’s House in Manhattan, March 2011 | digital recording * Producers: Dave McGuire & Eric Mennel Transcript Music: Actress “Maze”
  • Zelda Kaplan on Fashion and Nightclubs at Age 87

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by David Gerlach | Irish pub, New York City, 2003 | minidisc recorder * Animation: Deb Kirkeeide Transcript Music: 42nd Street Original Broadway Cast “Lullaby of Broadway (42nd Street)” | Joni James “You Make me Feel So Young” | Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald “Cheek to Cheek”
  • Chris Elliott and His Dad on Family Comedy

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Jane Borden, March 2008 | by phone, Chris Elliott driving and Bob Elliott at home | cassette recorder * Read the related article @ Timeoutnewyork.com * Executive Producer: David Gerlach Transcript Music: Vitamin String Quartet “Stand” Photo: David Needleman
  • Tony Bennett on Making Love to Music & Shy Stars

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Jeanne Wolf | June 1991 | Tony Bennett’s Hollywood office | cassette tape recorder * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Extended Audio version Transcript Music: Tony Bennett “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” | ”For Once In My Life” | ”(with Frank Sinatra) Lady is a Tramp” | “The Very [...]
  • Ellen Degeneres on Her Comedy Start in New Orleans

    Jan 22, 2013 | 5 min
    * Interview by James Sullivan | by phone, April 2002 | microcassette recorder * Related article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Dave McGuire | Slideshow: Libby Walker Transcript Music: Beta Band “Dog Got a Bone”
  • Martin Scorsese on Soundtracks in Movies and His Life

    Jan 22, 2013 | 5 min
    * Interview by James Sullivan | by telephone, October 1999 | microcassette * Related article first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Dave McGuire Transcript Music Credits: Lonnie Donegan “Lost John” | Przemyslaw Haluszczak, “Tangos Rompeserones” Photo Credits: aspen rock / Shutterstock.com
  • Brian Selznick on Einstein, God, and Reaching His Potential

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Joe Fassler in 2012 | by phone | digital recorder * Related profile appeared on The Atlantic.com * Executive Producer: David Gerlach * Producer: Amy Drozdowska | Slideshow: Libby Walker Transcript Music Credit: Howard Shore “The Movies” “Coeur Volant” | Motion Trio “Stars” | Jean-Michel Bernard “Stephane Visite Appart” Photo Credit: Joella [...]
  • Bono on His Dad’s Final Days

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by Anthony Bozza | by phone, 2001 | minidisc recorder * Related article appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Shawn Wen | Animation: Truscribe Transcript Music: U2 “Kite” | Scratch Massive “In the Dressing Room” & ”For a Departure” Photo: Danny Hammontree via Flickr
  • Jack Black on Prayer, Video Games, and Satanic Rock

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview by Brian Raftery | diner in Los Angeles, 2003 | microcassette recorder * Related profile appeared in GQ magazine * Executive Producer: David Gerlach * Producer: Amy Drozdowska | Slideshow: Libby Walker Transcript Music Credit: Blue Oyster Cult “Don’t Fear the Reaper” | Jack Black + “Legend of the Rent” Photo Credit: Bigstock
  • Muhammad Ali: The Lost Interview from 1966

    Jan 22, 2013 | 8 min
    The Extended Audio Version * Interview by Michael Aisner | Chicago, 1966 | reel-to-reel tape recorder * It was in the summer of 1966 when a star-struck 17-year-old set out to interview his idol: Muhammad Ali. Twenty miles from the South Side of Chicago, in Winnetka, Ill., Michael Aisner was calling repeatedly to the gym [...]
  • Surfer Kelly Slater on Problems in His Perfect Life

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by Josh Baron | The Bowery Hotel, New York City, November 2008 | digital recorder * Executive producer: David Gerlach | Illustrations: Lena Chandhok Transcript Music: Kelly Slater Photos: Wanaku via Flickr | WaveRidersTheFilm via Flickr | jarvis gray / Shutterstock.com
  • Mark Barry on Fighting for Manchester United

    Jan 22, 2013 | 10 min
    * Interview by Suhrith Parthasarathy July 2012 | Mark Barry’s apartment in Queens | digital recorder * Read Suhrith’s profile of Mark Barry “Glory, Glory for a Man for United” @ The Classical sports website Transcript Music: “Glory Glory Man United” | “Passion” Nightmares on Wax | “we all hate leeds scum” Manchester United Fans | “Lichtermeer” [...]
  • Art Blakey on How to Build a Band

    Jan 22, 2013 | 6 min
    * Interview by Ben Sidran | New York City studio, 1982 * Extended interview aired on NPR’s Jazz Alive * Executive Producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska Transcript Music: Art Blakey “Free For All” “A Night In Tunisia” “Fuller Love” Photo: Serge Corrieras via Flickr | Drummerworld
  • Sam Pickering on How to Teach and Not Dead Poets Society

    Jan 22, 2013 | 7 min
    * Interview with the professor who inspired Robin Williams character in “Dead Poets Society” by John Dankosky | studio recording in September 2012 * Hear the entire conversation from WNPR’s Where We Live * Executive producer: David Gerlach | Producer: Amy Drozdowska | Slideshow: Libby Walker Music: Maurice Jarre “Keating’s Triumph | Aimee Mann “It [...]
  • David Sedaris on Breast Milk and Book Tours

    Jan 22, 2013 | 8 min
    * Interview by Gabe Bullard by phone, June 2009 * Related piece originally aired on WFPL – Louisville * Executive Producer: David Gerlach * Producer: Amy Drozdowska | Slideshow: Libby Walker Transcript Music: Esquivel “Mini Skirt” | Claude Vasori “Night and Fog” | The Roots “Wicked Ways” | Halloween, Alaska “Champagne Downtown instrumental” Photo: Lilja [...]

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