John Lennon and Yoko Ono – December 17th 1969
Interviewed at legendary rockabilly musician Ronnie Hawkins’ ranch outside Toronto, the couple details their new campaign for peace. They discuss a week they spent earlier in the month with camera crews for two British documentaries, a newly released live album, and a benefit concert they had recently played in London. Just two days prior, posters had been put up in twelve cities around the world bearing the enduring, simple message, “WAR IS OVER! IF YOU WANT IT Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.”
Bill Graham – June 1969
As owner of the Fillmore West in San Francisco and Fillmore East in NYC, Graham ran two of the most beloved music venues in the country during the time of the interview. In June ’69, the clubs were only open for little more than a year and were wildly successful however Graham would close them the next year.
Frank Zappa – June 6, 1971
By the time of this hotel room interview, Zappa had already released 11 albums in his prolific career. A few months prior, he formed a new version of his band The Mothers and made the film 200 Motels. The interview ranges from topics of speaking about the film, his band’s rehearsal regimen and the nuts and bolts of managing The Mothers. The conversation turns to his dislike of the audiences at the Fillmore East. Near the end of the interview, we hear Lennon & Ono chime in. Howard had brought them along to meet Zappa and they’d been sitting on the couch the entire time.
Eric Clapton – October 24, 1970
By the time of this interview, Clapton had already been in eight bands, including the Yardbirds and Cream. His new band, Derek & the Dominos, was the first in which Clapton took the leadership role. They discuss this, and that Clapton recently learned to sing and the corrupting influence of money. The day of this interview, they are about to play Fillmore East which was recorded live and released as the album In Concert.
The Dominos (Derek & The Dominos) – October 25, 1970
The day after their second show at The Fillmore East, Howard met members of The Dominos including Carl Radle, Jim Gordon and Bobby Whitlock to talk about their different musical backgrounds, their technique and how the band got their name.
Lou Reed – March 26, 1969
At the time of this interview, Reed and his band, The Velvet Underground, had already recorded the two albums The Velvet Underground & Nico and White Heat/White Light. The internal struggles within the band surfaced and as a result manager Andy Warhol had been fired and Nico and John Cale had left the group. Reed’s new album, The Velvet Underground, had just been released and he and Smith discuss the bands name, radio as opposed to film being the future of entertainment and Reed’s newfound dislike of drugs and disassociation from his past persona.
Andy Warhol & Paul Morrissey – April, 1969
On June 3rd, 1968, Andy Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas. He was pronounced clinically dead, but surgeons at Columbus Hospital were able to revive him. It's now almost a year later. Solanas is in custody awaiting sentencing, and Warhol has just undergone a follow-up surgery. They discuss how life at The Factory has been slow since the shooting. Warhol has created little work since filming "Lonesome Cowboys" and "Blue Movie" with longtime film collaborator, Paul Morrissey, who joins Warhol for this interview. They talk about filmmaking on the cheap, the Valerie Solanas shooting and Warhol’s new focus on television.
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