Brian Southall has worked in the music industry for over 50 years and is the author of a fab new book chronicling the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ masterpiece, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967.” We had a great chat about the Beatles and the making of the record that could have gone on for hours.Follow @bigwakeupcall
World News Center Bureau Chief Bill McCormick called in to talk about a great new contest for independent musicians, “Battle of the Garage Bands,” sponsored by the fine folks at LiftMaster. We chatted about the details of the promotion and shared stories of bad club gigs. Also, due to some phone issues, I’ll finally get to use the Command-D function in Final Draft (for dual/overlapping dialogue) when this segment is eventually made into a web series.Follow @bigwakeupcall
One of the greatest sentences ever spoken to me in my life happened just before this interview: “Ryan, I’ve got Michael Nesmith on the line for you.” It was an absolute thrill to chat with Mike about his new book, “Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff.”
Julian Lennon called in to talk about his new children’s book, “Touch the Earth.” We discussed the book’s positive environmental message, his faith in children to help take care of the planet, his White Feather Foundation, and how this book came from a very special and personal experience.
Dolores O’Riordan and Noel Hogan from The Cranberries called in to talk about their latest record, “Something Else,” featuring reworked versions of their classic hits along with brand new material. After geeking out because I’m such a fan (their songs meant a lot to me when they came out, and they still do), we discussed the making of the new album, rediscovering the meanings and significance of the songs, and why their music still sounds so fresh today. Plus: Dolores and Noel reveal that the band will be announcing U.S. tour dates next week, including an appearance in Chicago. Looking forward to my 7th show!Follow @bigwakeupcall
Author William McKeen called in for a fun chat about his new book “Everybody Had An Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles.” We discussed how many casual music fans (and even some dedicated Beach Boys fans) may not know about the connection between the Beach Boys and Charles Manson, what drew so many musicians to L.A. in the ’60s, and how the hippie philosophies of peace, love and acceptance might unfortunately led to their downfall.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Deanna Adler is the mom of Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler who tells her story about a mom’s love for her son and her struggles with his very public battle with addiction in her book “Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns and Roses.” Deanna shared a very personal story of bonding with someone mother-to-mother about addiction, how she never gave up on her son, and how, despite the sometimes heroic public image, rock stars are all too human.
It was a pleasure to chat with Tommy Roe about his new book, “From Cabbagetown to Tinseltown.” Tommy talked about why he decided to return to performing after a long absence, his experience on the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, and opening for Sam Cooke on a tour of the segregated south.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