Episode 98 – August 14, 2016
My pal Leon Gast, who won an Academy Award for his Muhammed Ali film, When We Were Kings, came in to do this interview with Joel Selvin, because Gast has also done films on the Grateful Dead and the Hell’s Angels Many people are familiar with a version of what happened at The Rolling Stones show in December 1969 at the Altamont concert in San Francisco, but rock journalist, Joel Selvin, gives the whole definitive picture to the show that shattered the peace and love movement of the 1960’s in his new book, Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day. Over 20 years of interviews with Hells Angels, medical staff, stage crew and musicians who were there, Selvin goes beyond rumors and myth to tell the real story of the Hells Angels security who killed a concert goer at Altamont and forever changed the landscape of rock and roll.
Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Paul Brinkley-Rogers has covered stories around the world but is still haunted by one: his haunting love affair with a mysterious Japanese women in 1959. Brinkley-Rogers met Yukiko as a young sailor and she opened his eyes to a cultured world around him, pushing him to use his gifts to be the writer be became. But when she is almost kidnapped by a member of the yakuza, Paul realizes there is more to her than he first thought. In his new memoir, Please Enjoy Your Happiness: A Memoir, Brinkley-Rogers revisits the love that never faded away and invites his readers to reach back and find the love that still burns deep within us.
I asked Melissa Pierson to come in and help me interview Bernadette Murphy, because her The Perfect Vehicle: What Is It About Motorcycles is the holy grail of bike books! Bernadette Murphy talks about learning to ride a motorcycle at forty-eight in her new book, Harley and Me. More than just a book about midlife, Murphy uses learning a new physical skill as a conversation about taking risks changes us for the better, especially as we age. She explores gender roles and the expectations of women to be risk-averse and wonders why we don’t celebrate the conquering heroine.