FEATURE ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS
PopMatters has provided a vital platform for me to explore music and interview artists that have been influential in my life. Indeed, my work on PopMatters laid the foundation for writing liner notes. I've written more than 50 features for PopMatters. All of them were unique experiences and below you'll find some of the articles that remain significant for me. Click on the photo and you will find a direct link to the corresponding article on PopMatters, where you can read everything from my interviews with progressive artists like Van Hunt and Rahssan Patterson and icons like Paul McCartney and Deborah Harry to my extensive tributes to Diana Ross, Donna Summer, and Tina Turner. (Those wishing to see my profile of all PopMatters articles, click here.)
Casablanca Records: Play It Again 17 August - 21 August 2009 (PopMatters) A five-part, 50,000-word oral history celebrating the 35th anniversary of Casablanca Records. Includes more than 50 interviews with artists and executives including Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Cecil Holmes, Bob Esty, Tom Moulton, Bill Aucoin, members of Cameo, Parliament, Village People, Brooklyn Dreams, Angel, Fanny, Platypus, and more.
Reflections of a Renaissance Man: An Interview with Paul McCartney 25 June 2007 (PopMatters) An in-person interview with Paul McCartney on the occasion of his MEMORY ALMOST FULL (2007) album.
Janelle Monáe is Not in Kansas Anymore 13 August 2008 (PopMatters) An in-person interview with Janelle Monáe about her METROPOLIS (2007/8) EP.
The Story of a Soul Survivor: "Private Dancer" at 25 25 November 2009 (PopMatters) A tribute to Tina Turner on her 70th birthday and 25th anniversary of "Private Dancer." Includes interviews and quotes from: David Bowie, Bryan Adams, Nona Hendryx, Alison Moyet, Janelle Monáe, Ledisi, Donna Summer, Martyn Ware, Chaka Khan, Ruth Pointer, Billy Porter, Martha Davis, The Fixx, Nikka Costa, John Carter, Joan Armatrading, Kim Carnes, Paula Cole, Eric Burdon, and more.
Dispatches from the Battlefield: An Interview with Van Hunt 30 June 2008 (PopMatters) An in-person interview with Van Hunt about his POPULAR (2008) album that was shelved by Blue Note. Features photos by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo. (Note: this was my first interview with Van; I've since interviewed him on two more occasions.)
Journey to the Core of Chaka Khan: The Interview 10 September 2007 (PopMatters) An interview with Chaka Khan on the occasion of her FUNK THIS (2007) album.
Have Fun: A Tribute to Diana Ross, Nile Rodgers, and the CHIC Groove of diana 20 May 2013 (PopMatters) 9-part feature includes interviews with: Alfa Anderson, André Cymone, Ava Cherry, Aziza, Brenda Jones, Brenda Russell, Derek Bramble, Dionne Farris, Don Was, Eddie Martinez, Fonzi Thornton, Gloria Gaynor, Irene Cara, John Oates, Kathy Sledge, Martha Redbone, MC Lyte, Melba Moore, Nona Hendryx, Patrick Adams, Philip Bailey, Ray Chew, Ruth Pointer, Sandra St. Victor, Tomi Jenkins, and more.
Standing Under Stars: An Interview with Rahsaan Patterson 16 November 2007 (PopMatters) An in-person interview with Rahsaan Patterson about his WINES & SPIRITS (2007) album. Features photos by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.
Get Ready for Her Sexy Battle: An Interview with Deborah Harry 15 October 2007 (PopMatters) An interview with Deborah Harry on the occasion of her NECESSARY EVIL (2007) album. Also includes a sidebar overview of her solo albums plus a hyperlink to an interview with Nile Rodgers about producing her first solo album, KOOKOO (1981).
20 Questions with Alex Cuba 7 June 2010 (PopMatters) An in-person interview for PopMatters' "20 Questions" series with Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba on the occasion of his self-titled release in the U.S.
Rise Like a Phoenix: An Interview with Annie Lennox 26 October 2007 (PopMatters) An interview with Annie Lennox on the occasion of her SONGS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (2007) album.
She's A Rainbow: A Tribute to Donna Summer 19 May 2008 (reprinted 18 May 2012) (PopMatters) An album-by-album review of Donna Summer's recording career featuring tributes from: Ashford & Simpson, Brenda Russell, Dionne Farris, James Ingram, Jay Graydon, Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick, Jimmy Webb, Johnny Mathis, Liza Minnelli, Pete Waterman, Robert Clivillés, Roberta Flack, Ruth Pointer, Richie Havens, Teddy Pendergrass, Wynonna, Ziggy Marley, and more.