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Robbie Robertson and Warren Zanes (Episode #206H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 23, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Guitar aficionado and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robbie Robertson is interviewed by Warren Zanes in this episode of Speakeasy. Robertson rose to fame as the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band and later released five solo albums. His solo debut, Robbie Robertson, was nominated for a Grammy Award and was certified gold in the United States in 1991. Southern Accents, Robertson's third solo album was certified platinum in the United States six months after its release. Rolling Stone ranks him as number 59 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists and he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters. Zanes has had his hand in almost every aspect of the music industry. As a performer he has released three records with the Del Fuegos and three as a solo artist. He has been the Vice President and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and a writer. The pair discuss touring with Bob Dylan, the narrative quality of Robbie's material, and his forthcoming memoir, The Last Waltz.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Wed, Sep 27, 2017 -- 5:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Tue, Sep 26, 2017 -- 11:00 PM

Ian Hunter and Joe Elliott (Episode #205H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 16, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Joe Elliot, best known as the lead singer and frontman of the legendary rock band Def Leppard is used to being on the receiving end of interviews. In this episode of "Speakeasy" the tables have turned and Elliot is the one asking the questions of famed singer/songwriter Ian Hunter. Elliot first met Hunter in 1977, when he snuck backstage at a festival in Europe. It was not until years later that they would form a bond and friendship that would endure. Hunter first achieved commercial success as the lead singer of English rock band Mott the Hoople before continuing his career as a solo artist. In this intimate conversation, the duo speak about the power of music, the resurgence of vinyl/box sets, and their respective relationships with David Bowie.

Graham Nash and Rita Coolidge (Episode #204H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 9, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash sits down with two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge. Nash is best known as one of the founding member of the legendary quartet Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. The group is celebrated for their intricate vocal harmonies, political activism, and influence on U.S. music and culture. Coolidge got her start as a background singer for renowned musicians such as Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Nash himself. She has had great solo success and graced the pop charts from 1977-1978 with four consecutive top 25 hits.

Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter (Episode #203H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Sep 2, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Cyndi Lauper, the Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winning singer and social activist, sits down with Tony and Emmy Award winner Billy Porter, star of the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots," to discuss how not only music, but how "Kinky Boots" has changed their lives and the importance of self-acceptance. The pair met when Lauper was writing the music and lyrics to the musical and formed a great friendship. In 2013 Kinky Boots was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and took home six, including the coveted Award for Best Musical. Lauper's win for Best Score makes her the first woman to win alone in that category and Porter took home the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

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