Don McLean: “I’m OK … You’re So-So” 3 INTERVIEWS

Today's Guest: Don McLean, singer, songwriter, "American Pie"   (NOTE: The first interview below was done in advance of Don McLean's 1983 appearance at the old London Victory Club in downtown Tampa; the next two were written from a second, single phone interview in 1986. My enduring memory of the Tampa show was taking a... Continue Reading →

MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer kicks out the mofos! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Wayne Kramer, guitarist, MC5, author, The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 & My Life of Impossibilities     Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Wayne Kramer by clicking on the video player above!  Everybody knows at least one MC5 song – and that would be “Kick Out the Jams,” mofo. Know... Continue Reading →

Michael Franks almost froze those popsicle toes! INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Michael Franks, singer, "Popsicle Toes"   By Bob Andelman (Originally published October 4,1986) Michael Franks was in Columbus, Ohio when he heard that Ringo Starr had just recorded one of his tunes, “Monkey See – Monkey Do.” “I was on the road when the record came out,” the singer-songwriter recalls. “Somebody said, ‘One... Continue Reading →

Still Mad About You, Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go’s, too)! INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Belinda Carlisle, singer, The Go-Go's   By Bob Andelman (Originally published August 22, 1986) This year’s Belinda Carlisle model looks like a model. Men are ga-ga over the slimmed down, radiant ex-Go-Go. Women want to know who does her hair. And fans are mad about her debut single as a solo act, “Mad... Continue Reading →

Baby, Hold On To Eddie Money! INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Eddie Money, rock singer, "Baby Hold On To Me," Two Tickets to Paradise, "Gimme Some Water," "Shakin'"   (NOTE--This Eddie Money interview (and concert review) was originally published on June 4, 1984.) When it comes to rocker Eddie Money, St. Petersburg fans “ain’t got no control.” On less than a week’s notice Money... Continue Reading →

INXS singer Michael Hutchence: A taste of Aussie pub rock! INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Michael Hutchence, lead singer, INXS By Bob Andelman (Originally published on December 6, 1985; Michael Hutchence died November 22, 1997.)   There are some pretty strange stories circulating about INXS. One suggests that the band, or at least some members, listen to "dirty. sleazy. pornographic music" before going on stage. True. ("I do,... Continue Reading →

1335 Change in sound, look, opened doors for 38 Special! INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Don Barnes, lead singer, 38 Special   (NOTE - The following interview I conducted with 38 Special lead singer Don Barnes was originally published on August 16, 1986. -- Bob Andelman) Southern rock is dead, extinct. That’s not exactly big news, but it really hit home when word got out that 38 Special’s... Continue Reading →

1330 This post is Jammin’ with Bob Marley and the Wailers biographer! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Richie Unterberger, author, Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Ultimate Illustrated History     Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with Richie Unterberger by clicking on the video player above!  Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of Kingston, Jamaica townies ready to pounce at the first slip of a Rastafarian accent... Continue Reading →

Charlie Daniels knows Devil, Mr. Media! INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Charlie Daniels, country singer, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Still in Saigon"   (NOTE -- This interview with Charlie Daniels was originally published on November 11, 1984. As you'll read, I always enjoyed talking to Charlie! -- Bob Andelman) Big, burly and wholly countrified, Charlie Daniels is one of the friendliest, most... Continue Reading →

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