Through his archive of interviews with songwriting legends, renowned music journalist Bruce Pollock tells their stories in their own words.
Neil Peart of Rush - Craftsmanship SpeaksIn the second part of this classic interview with Rush drummer Neil Peart, we learn about one of his favorite lyrical themes: the crossover between innocence and disillusionment. 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. Lou ReedBruce Pollock gets stonewalled interviewing Lou Reed until he hits on some topics that spark his interest: Berlin, songwriting, and critics. Paul SimonIn three different interviews, Paul Simon talks about his musical progression, from "folkie stuff" to hitmaker to "far away from the marketplace." Frank ZappaFrank Zappa wrote for a very specific audience; in this interview he explains why he didn't try to reach the masses. Laura NyroLaura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art. Randy NewmanNewman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.