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Monday, December 24, 2012

We're replaying some favorite interviews from the year on this Christmas Eve. First, Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme talk about the new documentary “Neil Young Journeys.” Then, legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy reflects on his influential career and colorful life. Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast, about a young orphan who becomes a great chef. Then Kenny Rogers tells us about his life in music and his new memoir, Luck or Something Like It.

Neil Young and Jonathan Demme on “Neil Young Journeys”

Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme talk about the documentary “Neil Young Journeys,” their third collaboration. It documents a drive Neil Young took in May 2011 from his hometown of Omemee, Ontario, to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall, where he performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. During the drive, Young recounted introspective stories from his youth to Demme, who wove these tales together with his music.
(Originally aired June 7, 2012)

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Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy has been called the greatest blues guitarist of all time, influencing Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, among others, and he’s the living embodiment of Chicago blues. In his new memoir, When I Left Home, Guy tells of moving from rural Louisiana to Chicago in the 1950s, the blues masters he played with, and the evolving culture of music that happened all around him.
(Originally aired June 7, 2012)

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John Saturnall’s Feast

Lawrence Norfolk discusses his new historical novel, John Saturnall’s Feast. It tells the story of a young orphan who becomes a kitchen boy at a manor house, then rises through the ranks to become the greatest cook of his generation. It is a story of food, star-crossed lovers, ancient myths and one man’s rise from outcast to hero.
(Originally aired October 2, 2012)

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Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers talks about making of his career in country music and his most memorable songs, including "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream." His new memoir Luck of Something Like It details growing up in Depression-era Texas, surviving in poverty, and he recounts his early years as a jazz bassist and later as a member of the folk group the New Christy Minstrels.
(Originally aired October 2, 2012)

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