The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #47 – David Was of Was (Not Was)

David Was is a man who lives at the corners of journalism and music. He goes by “David Was” in the world of music, and he is the stage brother and other half of the writing/producing collaboration Was (Not Was). A Detroit, Michigan native, his journey into the public sphere began as a journalist and jazz critic. David Was has had a big mark in the music world not just with his band, but also as a producer. He’s worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Mel Tormé, Iggy Pop, Ricky Lee Jones, Roy Orbison and many others. Going back to the journalism, under his given name of David Weiss, his byline has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and Newsweek. Whether you call him David Was or David Weiss, he’s here on The Paul Leslie Hour for an unprecedented in-depth interview.


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The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #6 – Lawrence Grobel

Called “the Mozart of Interviewers,” author Lawrence Grobel is interviewed about his lifelong career as a journalist who has spoken in-depth with people like Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and Barbra Streisand. In his recent nonfiction book, You, Talking To Me, Grobel reflects on what he learned from talking to 120 of the most fascinating people of our time.

Like many interviewers, my introduction to Grobel was through his esteemed book The Art of the Interview, perhaps the best book of its kind. His unprecedented access to many famous people who have granted interviews to very few journalists, along with his honest and entertaining writing style put Lawrence Grobel at the very top. It’s not surprising that Writer’s Digest called him “a legend among journalists.” In this fast-paced interview, Grobel is as good at telling his tale as he is writing them. Listen and become fascinated!

 

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Bob Edwards: Radio Talk Show Host & Interviewer

Bob Edwards has interviewed 50,000 people and counting in the fields of the Arts & Entertainment, Politics, Literature and Journalism.  His style of interviewing is more of a conversation and this fact has lead many iconic people to come back to him again and again.  However, what makes Bob Edwards so remarkable is that he approaches all interviews with the same curiosity.  He believes we all have a story.  It’s a true joy to have Bob Edwards share his story this time, with all of us.

 

Michael Shnayerson: Author

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.