I have another blog where I interview writers. I concentrate mostly on fantasy and science fiction writers, since that’s what I mostly read (and write), but every once in a while I get the opportunity to interview musicians who have written books (or writers who have written books about music).
My favorite so far has been with Howard Kaylan. Howard was the founder of The Turtles and then later went on to sing for Frank Zappa (as well as Flo and Eddie). He wanted to be interviewed by phone and we had a great conversation. He is just as funny to talk to in person as his music and book was. He appreciated the fact that I knew his work and we probably could have talked for another hour but I had to leave.
Another phone interview was with Tommy James. You remember him! Crimson and Clover, I Think We’re Alone Now, Draggin’ the Line, Hanky Panky, Mony Mony — his songs topped the charts over and over in the 60s. He was very friendly and his book is good, too!
May Pang only wanted to be interviewed by email, and ignored some of the questions I had asked her about her relationship with John Lennon, but if you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll want to read this one.
I also interviewed Alan Goldsher by phone. He’s a session musician whose latest book is the autobiography of George Benson. He wrote a hilarious book called “Paul is Undead” about the Beatles as zombies and we had a great talk about writing, Beatles, and music in general.
Music has been very important to me in life, and so I’ve been honored to interview these people. Have a look!