‘Country Music … Was Anything BUT Pure’: An Interview with Bill Malone and Tracey Laird

The co-authors of ‘Country Music USA’ – a revised edition of the genre’s definitive history – talk with music writer Will Hermes about the music’s African-American tributaries, its unpredictable politics, country radio’s woman problem, and working on Ken Burns’ forthcoming doc.

Source: Longreads
Published: Aug 1, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,585 words)

‘I Love What Human Voices Do Together’: An Interview with Neko Case

In an interview with rock critic Will Hermes, Neko Case talks about collaboration, women warriors, women inventors, men with excellent falsettos, losing her home to a fire, and feeling lucky in “a great sea of loss.”

Source: Longreads
Published: Jun 8, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,994 words)

Lou Reed, Poet: A New Book Sheds Light on the Late Icon’s Literary Side

Before he gave himself to rock and roll, the Velvet Underground frontman was a college poet who studied journalism and cofounded a literary magazine named for an Ornette Coleman song. After the Velvets disbanded, Reed briefly left music for literature once again.

Source: Rolling Stone
Published: May 1, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,914 words)