On Tuesday, October 30, City Winery Chicago on 1200 West Randolph Street is hosting a conversation with John Taylor which includes a reading and book signing of his UK bestseller In The Pleasure Groove. The bassist and founding member of Duran Duran recounts the highs (hanging out with David Bowie and Andy Warhol; dating Vogue models) and the lows (drug abuse; sex addiction; self-destruction). For more information, visit www.citywinery.com.
Unearthed after more than 40 years and unheard since its original airing, the recordings of Village Voice “Scenes” columnist and radio personality Howard Smith are available for the first time on iTunes beginning November 20.
These tapes include unscripted conversations with Mick Jagger weeks before The Rolling Stones Concert at Altamont; Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda directly following their the debut of Easy Rider at The Cannes Film Festival; Pete Townshend during The Who’s rock opera Tommy performance at The Metropolitan Opera; Janis Joplin just before her death; as well as:
John Lennon and Yoko Ono- January 23, 1972
In their new home in the Village and set against the backdrop of a Beatles marathon on the radio, Lennon and Ono spoke with Smith about the Beatles and their break-up, John’s new album, Janov therapy, the complicated feelings he has about performing live and the remnants of their Peace activistm.
Frank Zappa- June 6, 1971
By the time of this hotel room interview, Zappa had already released 11 albums in his prolific career. A few months prior, he formed a new version of his band The Mothers and made the film 200 Motels. The interview ranges from topics of speaking about the film, his band’s rehearsal regimen and the nuts and bolts of managing The Mothers. The conversation turns to his dislike of the audiences at the Fillmore East. Near the end of the interview, Lennon and Ono chime in. Howard had brought them along to meet Zappa and they’d been sitting on the couch the entire time.
Eric Clapton-October 24, 1970
By the time of this interview, Clapton had already been in eight bands, including the Yardbirds and Cream. His new band, Derek and the Dominos, was the first in which Clapton took the leadership role. They discuss this, and that Clapton recently learned to sing and the corrupting influence of money. The day of this interview, they are about to play Fillmore East which was recorded live and released as the album In Concert.
Lou Reed-March 26, 1969
At the time of this interview, Reed and his band, The Velvet Underground, had already recorded the two albums The Velvet Underground and Nico and White Heat/White Light. The internal struggles within the band surfaced and as a result Warhol had been fired as manager and Nico and John Cale had left the group. Reed’s new album, The Velvet Underground, had just been released and he and Smith discuss the bands name, radio as opposed to film being the future of entertainment and Reed’s newfound dislike of drugs and disassociation from his past persona.
Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey-November 28, 1968
Still recovering from being shot five months earlier, Warhol came to the station to talk with Howard off-air about the upcoming release of his film Lonesome Cowboys. In this long conversation, Warhol and longtime film collaborator, Paul Morrissey, talk about filmmaking on the cheap, the Valerie Solanas shooting and Warhol’s new focus on television. In a few weeks time, Solanas would be released from the State Mental Hospital and call Warhol threatening to shoot him again.
Containing more than 100 interviews, The Smith Tapes: The Recordings of Howard Smith will be released every three weeks in November on iTunes.