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Bartlemania Speaks!

You might be familiar with my weekly podcast of my radio program, at http://doctor-b.podomatic.com. Well, this is a separate channel which I've set up just for my on-air interviews. Stay tuned!WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OLD INTERVIEWS?Older interviews are being moved to http://bartlespeaks2.podomatic.com to make room for new ones. Still others can be found by going to http://archive.org. Type in "doctor B" in the search box at the upper left corner of the page (WITH the quote marks) and select "community audio" from the pull-down menu to the immediate right of the search box. That should get you a clickable list of all of the interviews I've moved to archive.org. Enjoy!

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Tom Paxton

Tom Paxton has written everything from dog food commercials ("My Dog's Bigger Than Your Dog") to acoustic standards ("The Last Thing On My Mind"). Said the late Pete Seeger of Paxton's songs: “Tom’s songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they’re becoming part of America.” Mr. Paxton and I go over his storied half-century-long career.

21mins

7 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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Al Jardine

Remember Wouldn't It Be Nice, I Get Around, Good Vibrations. and God Only Knows? Of course you do!My latest guest, Al Jardine is currently playing on the 50th Anniversary tour of the band he's a founding member of, The Beach Boys. He's also got a new solo album out, Postcard from California. We discuss those things, along with environmentalism and alternative energy, two of Al's other passions.

14mins

25 May 2012

Rank #2

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Jorma Kaukonen

The lead guitarist of the Jefferson Airplane and co-founder of Hot Tuna talks about his band's recent tour of Japan and his music school/performance space, Fur Peace Ranch as well as his unique “Psylodelic” sixties culture museum. We also talk about how he got involved with The Jefferson Airplane and how Hot Tuna got formed and named!

20mins

28 May 2014

Rank #3

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Melanie

Best known for her signature songs, "Brand New Key" and the anthemic "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)", Melanie got her big break at the original Woodstock festival. To say she was performing 'without a net' would be putting it midly, but our lady pulled it off spectacularly. In this interview, we talk about her Woodstock experience, as well as the stories behind her hit songs and her musical career, which began when she went to the wrong Brill Building audition studio!

53mins

10 Sep 2014

Rank #4

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Fito De La Parra (Canned Heat)

Woodstock veterans Canned Heat were not just another blues/boogie band. They had some top talent on their team - to name just a few, frontman and major-league blues record collector Bob Hite, musicologist, harpist and bottleneck guitar player Alan Wilson (one John Lee Hooker once remarked that Wilson played his own music better than he himself did!), and a gifted drummer who'd begun his career in the mid-1950s playing with Mexico's top pop acts.It is with this drummer, Fito De La Parra, that I speak this time. We discuss his career before and with Canned Heat, for whom he still plays.

47mins

24 Dec 2014

Rank #5

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John Densmore

John Densmore is best known as the drummer for the Doors. He's currently on tour promoting his new book, The Doors: Unhinged (Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial). In it, he details the forces which ultimately drove him and the remaining members of the doors apart. One prominent bone of contention was an  offer of a considerable sum by General Motors for the use of "Break On Through" in a Cadillac advertisement, and Densmore's objections to it. John and I talk about the book and other things, like alternative energy.His tour will take him to among other places, Record archive in Rochester, NY on Monday, April 22nd at 5PM.

12mins

16 Apr 2013

Rank #6

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Ben Fong-Torres

Ben Fong-Torres got his start as a professional journalist in 1968 working as a reporter for a fledgling publication called Rolling Stone. He was later made senior editor of that bi-weekly. His profiles of and interviews with Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Ray Charles and Linda Ronstadt to name just a few are required reading for music fans and students of music journalism. He currently has a book out about the band Little Feat called Willin'.Mr. Fong-Torres and I talk about his new book, the early days at Rolling Stone, his experiences covering Bob Dylan's Planet Waves tour, his interview with Jim Morrison (only weeks before Jim's passing) and his broadcast career, begun in the heyday of free-form radio.

35mins

26 Mar 2014

Rank #7

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Doug Lubahn

Doug Lubahn, bassist for the band Clear Light, also played bass for the Doors on three of their albums, Strange Days, Waiting For The Sun, and Soft Parade. On stage, the Doors didn't use a bassist. Keyboard wizard Ray Manzarek would provide the bass line using the lower register of his Vox Continental organ. In the studio however, the Doors relied on several session bassists. Doug was one of them. In fact, Doug was once offered a permanent position as the Doors' bassist.In this interview, we talk with Doug about his early days in the music business, his first major-league band, Clear Light, that band's glimpse of fame as they played a cameo role in the motion picture, The President's Analyst, and his day-to-day experiences working with the Doors, including his relationship with Jim Morrisson.

32mins

20 Jul 2015

Rank #8

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Rat Scabies

Rat Scabies was the drummer for the seminal English punk band, The Damned. Indeed, they were the first English punk band to put out first a single (New Rose, 1976) and then an album (Damned Damned Damned, 1977) on an enterprising little independent record label called Stiff Records. Here, we discuss the formation of the Damned, the appearance of members of The Clash on the Damned's third LP, Machine Gun Etiquette, his career with The Damned and his current projects, one of which is the documentary, The Damned – Don't You Wish That We Were Dead?

21mins

30 Jun 2015

Rank #9

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Jerry Yester (Lovin' Spoonful)

Jerry Yester was playing with the Lovin' Spoonful even before he stepped in to replace Zal Yanovsky. We discuss his career on the LA coffehouse folk music circuit before the Lovin' Spoonful, his eventual involvement in it while still in the Modern Folk Quartet, his role in replacing departing Spoonful member Zal Yanovsky, and his plans for the future. We also talk about his brief relationship with Frank Zappa and his "Straight" record label.

21mins

10 Sep 2014

Rank #10