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Larry Burnett of Firefall"The first thing you have to do is know that you're an idiot. And then work on stopping being an idiot." Toni WineToni was both Betty and Veronia in The Archies. She was also part of the New York City songwriting community (don't call it the "Brill Building") responsible for many hits of the '60s. Paul EvansPaul talks about writing songs for Elvis on Tin Pan Alley, life as a teen idol, and why unexpected laughter sells songs. Charlie DanielsCharlie discusses the songs that made him a Southern Rock icon, and settles the Devil vs. Johnny argument once and for all. Ingrid CroceIngrid talks about the life and songs of Jim Croce, a man whose military ineptitude contributed to one of his greatest songs: "Operator (That's Not the Way It Feels)." Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerEmilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis. Brenda RussellBrenda talks about the inspiration that drove her to write hit songs like "Get Here" and "Piano in the Dark," and why a lack of formal music training can be a songwriter's best asset. Harold Brown of WarA founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history. Donnie Iris (Ah! Leah!, The Rapper)Before "Rap" was a form of music, it was something guys did to pick up girls in nightclubs. Donnie talks about "The Rapper" and reveals the identity of Leah. Roger ClyneFormer Freshie frontman finds fame fleeting. Roger went from a major label to independence, and likes it much better that way. Zac HansonZac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music. Alex Call (867-5309)Alex came up with the famous phone number and has plenty of stories to go with it. Find out why one famous producer is nicknamed "Basher." Bobby WhitlockHe and Eric Clapton are the last surviving members of Derek and the Dominos. Forget what you've heard, and hear the real stories about the "Layla" love triangle, working with Phil Spector, and how the band got their name. Bill WithersThe soul music legend on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me." DevoDevo founders Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale take us into their world of subversive performance art. They may be right about the De-Evoloution thing. Mike CampbellMike is lead guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and co-writer of classic songs like "Boys Of Summer," "Refugee" and "The Heart Of The Matter." Janis IanOne of the first successful female singer-songwriters, Janis had her first hit in 1967 at age 15.