Person The 10 Best Celebrity Interviews I Ever Conducted

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Sometimes I interview celebrities. Mainly for profit. Here are the 10 most memorable interviews I ever conducted. Keep in mind I'm interviewing Tori Amos soon and I expect that'll make it up there just on novelty points alone.
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Dave Wakeling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 10 Best Celebrity Interviews I Ever Conducted
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We talked for nearly three hours on a chilly December night, covering a whole range of topics in the guise of discussing the English Beat's greatest hits. We went places I never expected to go, and I gave him a somewhat distasteful photograph of Wham! around Christmas time. see more on Dave Wakeling
Noel Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 10 Best Celebrity Interviews I Ever Conducted
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I lasted 24 minutes with him and he was absolutely not an ass. He did take on his brother.

Also Ranked

#278 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#450 on The Best Singers of All Time

#165 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#125 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

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K'naan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 10 Best Celebrity Interviews I Ever Conducted
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K'naan


A great discussion about his unusual career path and his troubled homeland of Somalia.

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#239 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#12 on The Best Canadian Rappers

#21 on The Very Best Muslim Rappers

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John Doe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 10 Best Celebrity Interviews I Ever Conducted
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He went off on L. Paul Bremer, who had just announced "We got him" in reference to Saddam Hussein, sounding like he'd just finished the Final Jeopardy round in the black. Later on when I met John in person I decided he was the nicest celebrity I've ever met, which remained that way until I met Dave Wakeling. Now they're tied.

Also Ranked

#398 on The Best Singers of All Time

#89 on The Best Punk Rock Bands & Artists

#94 on The Best Folk Bands/Artists

#228 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

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Avett Brothers


In a quiet, cool, darkened Texas restaurant with a bunch of label suits surrounding us. The atmosphere was very restrained, which meant they were very thoughtful and even a bit dramatic-looking with the lighting. It turns out they, too, love Hall & Oates.
Steven Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 10 Best Celebrity Interviews I Ever Conducted
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We talked about his record label, his garage aesthetic, and very briefly about his Boss. Did not bring up The Sopranos once, and felt proud about that.

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#591 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '80s

#279 on Celebrities You Didn't Know Use Stage Names

#560 on Famous Lead Guitarists

#60 on New American Idol Judge Picks

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Dwarves


I can't discuss this one too much in detail, because it involved teenage girls and depraved things to do with them. A heavily redacted version of this interview appeared in my hometown newspaper. My friend Ryan thinks it was the best article ever to appear in The Olympian.
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...And You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Dead


We talked a long time. We had some friends in common.