Blog Entries by Bruce Pollock

Bruce Pollock ("The Next to Last of the Rock Journalists") is the Deems Taylor Award winning author of 15 books on music, including Bob Dylan FAQ, America's Songs, V.3 Working Musicians: Defining Moments from the Road and The Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs of Rock and Roll History. Visit Bruce at brucepollockthewriter.com
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  • Buffy Sainte-MarieAn enlightening talk with the Canadian-American Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie at a time when she was trying to open eyes to the plight of indigenous people.read more
  • Lou ReedBruce Pollock gets stonewalled interviewing Lou Reed until he hits on some topics that spark his interest: Berlin, songwriting, and critics.read more
  • Paul SimonIn three different interviews, Paul Simon talks about his musical progression, from "folkie stuff" to hitmaker to "far away from the marketplace."read more
  • Frank ZappaFrank Zappa wrote for a very specific audience; in this interview he explains why he didn't try to reach the masses.read more
  • Laura NyroLaura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.read more
  • Sophie B. Hawkins - "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover"Musicians talk about "birthing" songs, but Sophie B. Hawkins says that "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover" really was "like a baby coming out."read more
  • Steve PerryA 1984 interview with Steve Perry, who talks about writing songs for Journey and as a solo artist.read more
  • Stephen Bishop - "Separate Lives"Stephen Bishop's breakup with Raiders Of The Lost Ark actress Karen Allen inspired "Separate Lives," a #1 hit in 1985.read more
  • Shelly Peiken - "What A Girl Wants"Shelly Peiken talks about writing the #1 hit "What A Girl Wants" for Christina Aguilera.read more
  • Kevin Kadish - "All About That Bass"Kadish talks about the surprise hit that "changed the way little girls look at themselves in the mirror" and ensured he could make music the rest of his life.read more
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