Music legend Dionne Warwick called in to talk about her participation in a new song, “Let There Be Light,” with all proceeds benefitting Feeding America. We also chatted about her unexpected appearance on an episode of “Walker, Texas Ranger.”Follow @bigwakeupcall
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
It was a thrill to chat with the legendary Herb Alpert about his new album The Christmas Wish and his two shows at City Winery in Chicago. Despite some pesky phone gremlins, we had a fun talk about recording an album in 2017 vs 1967, how the trumpet turned on him for a while, and how he’s always searching for new sounds.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.
It was pleasure to chat with music legend Petula Clark about her new album Living For Today and her upcoming tour that will bring her to the Chicago area on December 17th. We discussed how she keeps her voice in such amazing shape (at age 84, soon to be 85!), and what it’s like to make a record in 2017 versus 1967. Plus: Petula tells the story of how she wound up singing on the “Give Peace a Chance” record with John & Yoko.Follow @bigwakeupcall
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
Holly Gleason is a critically-acclaimed music journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, Musician, CREEM, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. Holly called in to discuss her new book, Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives.Follow @bigwakeupcall
It was fun chatting with award-winning singer, guitarist, songwriter & producer Neil Giraldo about baseball and his new song to cheer on his hometown Cleveland Indians, “Liftin’ The Curse Of The Rock.”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.
Dylan Jones is a multi-award-winning editor of British GQ magazine and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to publishing. (Sir) Dylan called in to discuss his new book David Bowie: A Life.