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Here's The Thing (Mary Ellen Matthews)

Episode #59

Peter Frampton and Thom Yorke

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with two English musicians about their commercial and critical success, and its impact on their lives and work. 

Alec first talks with Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Peter Frampton about his roots and the extraordinary success of Frampton Comes Alive, one of the biggest selling records of all time. “I don’t think anybody can be ready for that kind of success,” explains Frampton.  Peter Frampton recently completed a 35th anniversary tour of Frampton Comes Alive.

Alec also sits down with Thom Yorke, the controversial frontman for the band Radiohead, who after 25 years in the business admits that performing is “either wicked fun or really awful.”  Yorke tells Alec how he prepares for a performance and reveals why he doesn’t tour more.  He also discusses the evolution of his recent side project, Atoms for Peace.

Comments [2]

Gary Tompkins from Durham, NC

I heard Here's The Thing for the first time last night on our local NPR station WUNC. Alec interviewed Andrew Luck and Dwight Gooden. These were by far the best sports interviews I have ever heard.

Alec's knowledge of football and the way he relevant questions to Andrew about the mechanics and inside organization of the team was in a word outstanding. This was far beyond the typical superficial quarterback interview.

Alec connected with Dwight in a way I've never heard before. He could identify with substance abuse and family issues in a way that made is seem that they were old friends chatting about very personal experiences.

I don't normally comment to the broadcasters of programs. (In fact this is my 1st time.) However, I found those interviews so engrossing that I feel compelled to write this.

Jan. 27 2014 09:41 AM
jim@sweeneypr.com from Cleveland

Alec Baldwin is a naturally gifted interviewer who intuitively knows when to press hard and when to sit back and listen, and equally important, he knows how to do both. The Frampton-Yorke interviews are a perfect example of his ability to elicit frank discussion and meaningful emotions from seemingly private and wary personalities. In the caring hands of Alec Baldwin, every artist becomes an art object. Bravo. I only wish he interviewed more people, more frequently.

Jan. 24 2014 10:05 AM

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