An Interview with Buffy Sainte-Marie – HuffPost 8.13.09

You most likely know Buffy Sainte-Marie from her many Vanguard folk albums or instantly identifiable hits. She’s penned An Officer And A Gentleman‘s Academy Award-winning theme song “Up Where We Belong” (released by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes), plus the classics “Piney Wood Hills” (recorded by country legend Bobby Bare), “Cod’ine” (covered by Donovan, The Charlatans, […]

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Matisyahu – HuffPost 8.10.09

[Note: This part of my interview with Matisyahu contains some inspirational information.] Mike Ragogna: When you perform in front of audiences, do you feel that connection between you and them? Matisyahu: The other night, I went to see this band called Tortoise. While I was watching, I had this experience of myself watching them play. […]

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Carpenters’ Richard Carpenter – HuffPost 5.11.09

[Note: This is taken from my interview with Richard Carpenter in which he offers some inspiring moments of Carpenters’ history.] Mike Ragogna: Do you remember exactly what happened on April 22nd, 1969? Richard Carpenter: A fellow who had been representing us as a manager in his off hours, Eddie Sulzer, worked his tail off pushing […]

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An Interview with Richard Carpenter (My Very First HuffPost Interview) – HuffPost 5.11.09

On April 23rd, 2009, literally 24 hours after its release, Carpenters (no “the”) had their highest charting record of their careers in Japan. In that territory, 40/40 The Best Selection was released the day before to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Carpenters’ signing with Herb Alpert’s and Jerry Moss’ independent label, A&M Records. The string of […]

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