Songwriting Legends In Their Own Words

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 more
  • Neil Peart of Rush - Yielding to InspirationNeil Peart of Rush explains how he writes lyrics for the band in Part 1 of this classic more
  • 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 more
  • Lou ReedBruce Pollock gets stonewalled interviewing Lou Reed until he hits on some topics that spark his interest: Berlin, songwriting, and 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 more
  • Laura NyroLaura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her more
  • 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. read more