Songwriter Interviews

Go behind the music with some of the world's best songwriters

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  • Carmine AppiceCarmine Appice talks about co-writing the Rod Stewart hits "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Young Turks," and explains what really happened when Led Zeppelin opened for his group Vanilla Fudge.read more
  • Vanessa DaouThe electronica artist revisits her landmark 1994 album Zipless, based on the works of feminist poet Erica Jong.read more
  • Todd Rundgren: Bending The Rules Of FormTodd Rundgren on the earmarks of his songwriting, producing Grand Funk, and the song that had the biggest influence on him.read more
  • Richard AshcroftRichard Ashcroft of The Verve talks about using his songs to seek out a better place in a desensitized world, and coming back for his "Bitter Sweet Symphony" money.read more
  • Elliott MurphyBilly Joel inducted him into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame; Springsteen said he's got "soul and spirit." Long appreciated in Europe, Americans are starting to discover Elliott Murphy.read more
  • Question Mark of ? and the Mysterians (96 Tears)The mystery man behind "96 Tears" tells the story of the song (sort of).read more
  • Television founder Richard LloydRichard Lloyd on the CBGB bands, his latest solo album, and the biggest misconception about Television.read more
  • Vicki Peterson of the BanglesBangles singer/songwriter/guitarist Vicki Peterson on the Paisley Underground, The Goonies, and "Walk Like An Egyptian."read more
  • Louise GoffinSinger-songwriter Louise Goffin discusses her album All These Hellos and whether she inherited her talent from her famous parents, legendary songwriting duo Gerry Goffin and Carole King.read more
  • Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)Ken Hensley tells the stories behind "Easy Livin'," "Blind Eye," and several other songs he wrote for Uriah Heep in the '70s.read more
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