Helen Rose Marketti
Jeanne Rose was a fashion designer for Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charles Lloyd Band, The Everly Brothers, The Young Rascals and many more! It was wonderful to talk with her this afternoon as she reminisced about those days. Fashion definitely went hand-in-hand with the culture and music of the 60s.
My interview with Kelle Rhoads was very interesting as well as enjoyable. If the name sounds familiar, Kelle is the brother to the late guitarist, Randy Rhoads who played in Quiet Riot and later with Ozzy Osbourne. Kelle is a very accomplished classical pianist. He has several CDs released with another one due for release in the Spring of 2014. He still is involved with Musonia Scool of Music in North Hollywood. Kelle’s mother, Delores, started the school in 1948 and now it’s in its 66th year of operation!
The one and only Eddie Money will be doing a show at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Friday, March 28! We talked about his early days in music, a career spanning 40 years and much more! This was my second time interviewing him and he is ready to rock Cleveland once again!
Maestro Topilow (Carl Topilow) is the conductor for the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. I had the pleasure of interviewing Maestro this afternoon. We discussed upcoming shows, his signature red clarinet and why he loves conducting! The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will be performing a tribute to the wonderful work of the late Marvin Hamlisch on Friday, February 21 at Severance Hall.
I recently interviewed Russell Hitchcock who is the lead singer for the band, Air Supply. They will be at Akron Civic Theatre on Friday, January 31. Russell and Graham have side projects as well as many wonderful events going on for the band. Please check out the band’s web site to keep up with the latest. The interview went very well. I always enjoy talking with people whose music I have enjoyed over the years.
I interviewed Julian Lennon today via telephone. He is currently in France working on a photography project. His new album, “Everything Changes” has recently been released and is available on Amazon and iTunes. There are many beautiful songs that speak from the heart that all of us can relate to in one way or another.
I interviewed Cherie Currie (lead singer of 70s all-girl band, The Runaways w/Joan Jett) Cherie will be doing a show at The Foundry in Lakewood on Wednesday, August 7th! In addition to her musical talent, Cherie is also a chainsaw wood carver and has created the most beautiful pieces of art work! Stop out on the 7th to hear some ole Runaway favorites like “Cherry Bomb” as well as some new material!
I recently interviewed David Cassidy. He will be at Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, OH on Saturday, July 27. It was a great interview…he is much more than a former teen idol. He is a strong advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. His mother passed away from the disease in December (2012) so we talked a lot about that as well. His career has spanned over 40 years with a wide range of projects from music, TV, Broadway and more.
I recently interviewed Angie McCartney (Paul’s “stepmum”) about her autobiography, “My Long and Winding Road”. It was a pleasure to speak with her. Angie shares stories in her book about first meeting Jim McCartney and knowing in her heart that she would marry him one day. The book takes the reader on a journey of what life brings as it unfolds with many stops along the way.
I spoke with film director, Ryan White about his documentary, “Good Ol’ Freda” which will be shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival, 2013. Freda Kelly was the secretary for The Beatles from their early days until the band broke up in 1970. She assisted Beatle manager, Brian Epstein with many tasks that often were outside the norm for secretarial duties which included trying to answer the many “odd requests” that fans had in order to be closer to their beloved Fab Four. Freda has kept her silence for nearly 50 years and Ryan shares why she chose now to have that time of her life now documented.
Marshall Crenshaw’s music is part of the soundtrack for my life during the 80′s! A career that has spanned over thirty years, Marshall shares what keeps him going and what cool projects he is working on in addition to touring.
Check out the official web site for Mark “Slick” Aguilar. Slick has been the lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship and in current need of a liver transplant. If you visit the web site you will be able to find information as to how you can help. The link, “ABOUT” has some excerpts from my article. I interviewed Slick a few months ago. I am glad that perhaps my article is helping to provide information and bring continued awareness.
I recently interviewed Baron Wolman, first chief photographer at Rolling Stone Magazine. We discussed his recent book which are photographs from his time at RS. He currently has a photo exhibit of his work on display at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio. He will be giving a free lecture on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm. His photos will be on display until the end of March, 2013. (www.fotobaron.com)
Recently I had the privilege to meet Gloria Jones in Cleveland and sit in on the Ray Carr radio show while he interviewed her. She has a wonderful spirit about her and I was also able to interview her via telephone. Gloria was the first, original singer for Tainted Love in 1964. She was the soul mate love of Marc Bolan of T-Rex. She is working on getting the Marc Bolan School of Music & Film project going and continue to move it forward. It was a pleasure to speak with her.
Recently I have interviewed Paul Pope (Molkie Cole/The Paul Pope Band), Cleveland, Ohio for his band’s reunion gig on Saturday, April 21st at The Winchester. I have also interviewed the original members of Cleveland band, Love Affair who will be doing their reunion gig at Tangiers in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, April 28th.
This afternoon, I interviewed Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash who will be doing a show at The Winchester on May 1st. Great interviews!
Last but certainly not least, I am pondering the possibilities of taking a creative writing class by the one, the only Pamela Des Barres this summer. I’m sure it would be an experience I would not forget. We’ll see.
I received an email from Ricky Byrd (former guitarist Joan Jett). He asked me to send the direct link of the article from our interview because he would like to add the article to his web site! (www.rickybyrd.com)