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A podcast that unearths never-before-heard conversations with world-class musicians and comedians.

A podcast that unearths never-before-heard conversations with world-class musicians and comedians.
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A podcast that unearths never-before-heard conversations with world-class musicians and comedians.

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English

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#012 Frank Zappa 1991

10/30/2019
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When I asked Frank Zappa if he had any regrets about the first 25 years of his career, he was blunt, as he always was. "There are certain things I might have said in a different way," he said. "But basically, there it is." And that's why Frank Zappa was and is still revered by his fans—because he said and did what he believed and never let commercial considerations deter him. In this 1991 interview from The Tapes Archive, Zappa, then 50, talked about standing up to the Parents' Music...

Duration:00:31:11

#011 Dweezil Zappa 1994

10/23/2019
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In the story I wrote in 1994 based on this interview with Dweezil Zappa, the lead paragraph summed up the conversation pretty well: “His father treated life as if it were a wave of stupidity he could somehow contain. Dweezil Zappa prefers to smirk and ride the tide.” "There's not much use in being negative 24 hours a day," he said. "I can spend a few minutes of my day being negative, but ultimately I like to enjoy things more than I like to promote my disdain for things.” Dweezil was 24...

Duration:00:27:25

#010 Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon 1995

10/15/2019
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When I spoke to Shannon Hoon in September 1995, he and his band, Blind Melon, were on the verge of stardom. Their first album yielded the massive hit single “No Rain,” they had played Woodstock ’94, and they were excited about their new album, “Soup.” We talked about the new album and how different it was from the band’s debut, about his growing up in Lafayette, Indiana, and about parenthood. His girlfriend Lisa Crouse had just given birth to their daughter, Nico Blue, two months...

Duration:00:49:37

#009 Bill Maher 1994

10/9/2019
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Bill Maher is a huge part of the comedy and talk-show landscape, thanks to his HBO show Real Time, which is now in its 17th season. But in 1994, when this interview was recorded, Maher, then 38, really was just taking off. His Comedy Central show “Politically Incorrect” was about to start its third season, he was an occasional correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and he had just released a comic novel called “True Story.” In this interview, we talked a lot about those...

Duration:00:27:59

#008 Jeff Tweedy of Wilco 1997

10/2/2019
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Jeff Tweedy is often described as a reticent interview subject, but I found him to be relaxed and easygoing when we spoke in 1997. At the time, Tweedy and his band Wilco were touring behind their second record, “Being There,” and he was learning to balance the responsibilities of career and fatherhood. Our talk is largely about music and musical influences, and about Wilco getting away from the “alt-country” label. The funniest part of the conversation is near the end, where Tweedy tells...

Duration:00:29:21

#007 Neil Peart of Rush 1990

9/25/2019
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I interviewed Neil Peart several times over the years and thoroughly enjoyed every conversation. In addition to being a great drummer, he’s a smart, thoughtful, articulate gentleman whose worldview extends well beyond rock ‘n’ roll. This interview, recorded in 1990, was the first of our talks. Nearly 30 years later, I’m still amazed by his interest in visiting art museums and bicycling around the United States, his desire to become a prose writer, and his simple explanation for why Rush had...

Duration:00:42:28

#006 Rick James 1997

9/18/2019
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When I spoke to Rick James in 1997, he had already been a megastar, a prisoner, and a recipient of royalties for the use of his “Super Freak” bassline in MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” At the time, he was about to start a tour to promote his first album in nine years, “Urban Rhapsody,” and was in the midst of writing his autobiography, “The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak,” which eventually came out in 2007—three years after his death. In this interview, James, then...

Duration:00:32:10

#005 Joan Rivers 1990

9/11/2019
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For more info please visit our website. The Tapes Archive is part of the Osiris network. For more podcasts and experiences, please visit Osiris. Intro music by the Budos Band

Duration:00:30:49

#004 Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull 1993

9/4/2019
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For more info please visit our website. The Tapes Archive is part of the Osiris network. For more podcasts and experiences, please visit Osiris. Intro music by the Budos Band

Duration:00:42:09

#003 - Trey Anastasio 1993

8/28/2019
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Trey's response to Marc Allan's review For more info please visit our website. The Tapes Archive is part of the Osiris network. For more podcasts and experiences, please visit Osiris. Intro music by the Budos Band

Duration:00:43:23

#002 — Billy Joel 1994

8/20/2019
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For more info please visit our website. The Tapes Archive is part of the Osiris network. For more podcasts and experiences, please visit Osiris. Intro music by the Budos Band

Duration:00:30:53

#001 — George Carlin 1989

8/19/2019
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For more info please visit our website. The Tapes Archive is part of the Osiris network. For more podcasts and experiences, please visit Osiris. Intro music by the Budos Band

Duration:00:30:12

#000 — Introduction to The Tapes Archive 2019

8/19/2019
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An introduction to the podcast, and a little bit of background on how and why this podcast was created. The podcast is a collaboration between documentary filmmaker Alan Berry (“Dead Man’s Line”) and his longtime friend, journalist Marc Allan, who conducted and recorded the interviews decades ago. Allan recorded these interviews via phone, and the podcast provides a unique, intimate look into music, culture and these artists’ careers at specific moments in time. Most interviews were...

Duration:00:01:43