This is audio interview with Dr.Maya Angelou recorded in June 2008. Maya Angelou was a poet, educator, historian, best-selling writer, actress, playwright, Civil Rights activist, producer, director, musician and important figure in American literature known for her best-selling autobiographies (seven in all, the first and most well known being I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.) This interview focuses on her little known career as a Calypso singer and recording artist.
Special thanks to Kevin Hooper for audio mastering and production of the video version of the interview, featuring an on-screen transcription.
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Charlie Daniels is a certifiable legend in music. Last year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and this year he’s released a book about his life. Entitled “Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir,” the Grammy award-winning Charlie Daniels who has sold more than twenty million albums and is known for such songs as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” is as down to earth as they come. In this interview we gain his perspectives on his life, the responsibilities of fame, his work with Bob Dylan and why he wrote his autobiography.
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The legendary composer Charles Fox is an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He wrote the music for such songs as “I”ve Got a Name” recorded by Jim Croce, “Killing Me Softly” recorded by Roberta Flack, “Ready to Take a Chance Again” by Barry Manilow and many more. He’s written with some of the greatest lyricists, from Norman Gimbel to Paul Williams.
Michael Shnayerson is a journalist and a longtime contributor to Vanity Fair magazine. Shnayerson has written several books, including the recent book with Harry Belafonte: MY SONG, A Memoir. MY SONG tells the story of Harry Belafonte, called one of the greatest entertainers of our time. MY SONG takes the reader from Belafonte’s early days as a child growing up in Harlem and Jamaica, to his careers in acting and music. However, MY SONG is about more than Harry Belafonte the singer. Harry Belafonte was the first recording artist in history to sell one million copies of an album. MY SONG is also about Harry Belafonte the activist and Humanitarian. Harry Belafonte is an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement, but Belafonte’s passion has extended beyond the borders of the United States. Belafonte has been involved in political, social and Humanitarian causes around the world.