Renowned rock and roll photographer Mick Rock, who has taken iconic photographs of David Bowie, Queen, Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Ramones, and especially Lou Reed, called in to discuss a limited-edition book of pictures and stories, Transformer, out now to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the LP that, with the magic help of David Bowie and Mick Ronson, launched Lou Reed into the hero status we know today. We only had 10 minutes for the interview, but I could listen to Mick tell Reed and Bowie stories all day.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Afshin Shahidi was Prince’s personal photographer for more than a decade. He’s honoring his friendship with Prince and sharing some of his finest images and his favorite memories of the music legend in a new book “Prince: A Private View.” We discussed the public vs. the private side of Prince, how Prince thought of music and visual presentation simultaneously, and how he chose which photos to include in the book.
Jimmy McDonough is a journalist and biographer best known for the bestselling Shakey: Neil Young’s Biography and his biographies of Russ Meyer, Andy Milligan and Tammy Wynette. He has written for a number of publications including The Village Voice, Film Comment, and Variety. McDonough lives in Portland, Oregon. Jimmy called in to talk about his latest book, Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Legendary Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook called in to talk about a new album from his post-Pistols project The Professionals, What In The World, featuring an all-star lineup of guests including Pistol and Professional Steve Jones, along with Mick Jones, Phil Collen, Billy Duffy and more. Joining Paul was new Professionals lead singer Tom Spencer.
Rusty Young is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and founding member of rock legends Poco. Rusty called in to discuss his debut solo album (after 50 years!), Waitin’ For The Sun.
Rock and Soul legend Sam Moore returned to the show to talk about his new album, “An American Patriot.” We discussed how music should bring people together regardless of political affiliation, performing with the Blues Brothers, the secret to keeping his voice in incredible shape, and why “America the Beautiful” should be our national anthem.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Legendary drummer Liberty DeVitto called in to chat about his appearance in a new documentary, “Hired Guns.” We talked about his work with Billy Joel, the greatness of Ringo Starr, and messing up onstage in front of 19,000 people. Plus: insider drummer discussions of paradiddles and buzz rolls.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Sam Moore is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the legendary Duo Sam & Dave. Sam will be performing at the huge tribute show to Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall on March 6th. We discussed playing college shows to segregated audiences, the impact of the Ed Sullivan Show, meeting The Beatles in Germany before they were famous, and recording for the infamous Morris Levy at Roulette Records.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Steve Jones called in to talk about his new book “Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol.” We talked about how he wrote the book through a series of Skype chats, growing up poor in London without a fridge or a bathtub, and things that are not rock and roll — like “meet and greets,” electronic drums, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Follow @bigwakeupcall