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Don McLean Interview: "American Pie" Led to Nervous Breakdown

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Don McLean

Don McLean is one of the most revered and respected songwriters in American history. His smash hit “American Pie” resides in the Library of Congress National Recording Registry and was named a top 5 song of the 20th Century by the Recording Industry of America. His other hit singles include “Vincent,” “Dreidel” and “Wonderful Baby,” as well as his renditions of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and the Skyliners’ “Since I Don’t Have You.”

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Julian Lennon Interview: Becoming Julian Charles John Lennon

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Julian Lennon

Born in Liverpool, England, Julian Lennon began his artistic trajectory at a young age with an inherent gift for playing musical instruments, which broadened into the cinematic and visual arts. He began a music career in 1984 with the album Valotte and has since recorded six more albums, the most recent being Jude, which is scheduled to drop in late 2022.

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Stewart Copeland Interview: Would He Replace the Foo's Taylor Hawkins?

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Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland rose to fame as the drummer of the British rock band the Police. He has also produced many video game soundtracks, including Alone in the Dark 4 and the Spyro series and written various pieces of music for ballet, opera and orchestra. Composing work also includes the films Wall Street, Men at Work and We Are Your Friends and the television series The Equalizer, Dead Like Me and The Amanda Show.

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James Burrows Interview: In-Depth with an Iconic TV Director

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James Burrows

Born on December 30, 1940, James Burrows has directed over 1,000 episodes of television, a milestone he achieved in November 2015 with the NBC sitcom Crowded. His other directorial work includes Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, Frasier, Friends, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Taxi, Will & Grace, Caroline in the City, just to name a few. He is the son of Abe Burrows, a well-known composer, director and writer.

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