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Thursday
Oct092014

Sean Ono Lennon

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

NOTE: This is the blog post I originally wrote in December 2009 for Bob’s full hour interview with Sean.

When I opened a package last winter to find Sean Lennon’s soundtrack for an unreleased, independent, small-budget Shakespearean vampire comedy called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, I was doubtful. It even featured this very “artsy” cover photo. I listened to the music and thought it would be good for future use as background music on our show. Then I started thinking, he is the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, so maybe it would be worth an interview. Again I feared the worst, imagining a quiet, pretentious artist mumbling about little else besides his own navel. But Sean Lennon is not what most people expect. Bob enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion with Lennon about the record label he runs out of his kitchen (Chimera Music), writing, composing and recording the score for his friend’s aforementioned movie, producing his mom Yoko Ono’s latest CD (Between My Head and the Sky), her art (like the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland), the vivid memories of his dad, even though John Lennon was murdered when Sean was just five years old, the fact that he can’t really help LOOKING like his famous father, forming a band called The Ghost of a Saber Toothed Tiger with his model girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl (click here for some photos of the very stylish couple), on commonly being mistaken for his half brother Julian, on seeing posters of his naked parents hanging in friends’ apartments. Sean and girlfriend Charlotte recreated another iconic photo of John and Yoko. Click here to see and read a bit about that.

Click here to see a trailer of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead.

The movie is in limited release now and will be available on DVD September 21.


Thursday
Oct092014

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

NOTE: This blog post was written in March 2011…and sadly it appears that the promised video links no longer work.

Sean Lennon, Bob and Charlotte Kemp Muhl As the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon really needs no introduction. Actually, neither does Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Without knowing it, you’ve probably seen the 23-year-old fashion model in commercials for Maybelline, or in the pages of your favorite glossy magazine. Together, they are surely one of New York’s most artsy and fashionable couples. Aside from forming a romantic relationship, they also started Chimera Music together and they formed a band called The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (often abbreviated GOASST and pronounced “Ghost”). Bob and I took the train from to New York to interview them at Sirius. For their recent tour, and for the studio performance GOASTT gave us, Sean and Charlotte were joined by horn player CJ Camerieri who can do amazing things with a trumpet and a french horn. To their regret, CJ does not appear on The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s debut CD called Acoustic Sessions. After a late start, the three played most of the cuts from the album plus a few new songs. Sean sang, while playing guitar and a kick drum at the same time. Charlotte sang and alternated between an electric bass, an accordion and melodica, while CJ added beautifully strange textures by electronically altering his horn playing. I saw this same trio perform flawlessly live on stage a few weeks before but for this studio session, we indulged Sean and Charlotte’s competitive perfectionism so recording the songs took longer than expected, but we were still able to record a 40 minute interview with them before Bob and I said thank you and rushed back to Penn Station to catch our train to DC.

Here are a few more photos.

Here is their video for Schroedinger’s Cat.

And here is The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger’s appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show from January.

Friday
Oct032014

The Bob Edwards Show Schedule (October 6-10, 2014)

Monday, October 6, 2014:  Bob speaks with popular music scholar Phil Furia talking about his book America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. It’s about the most beloved songs of the last century, from the misery of the Depression-era “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?” to the postwar optimism of “Young at Heart.”  Then we’ll hear from Ken Emerson, author of Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era. During the late 50’s and early 60’s the New York building was a hotbed of musicians and songwriters.

 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014: In 2007, Bob talked with director Kenneth Branagh and actor Michael Caine about their film Sleuth. It was a remake of the 1972 thriller which starred Caine. But really the interview was just an excuse for Caine to tell hilariously charming stories to entertain Bob and Branagh. Then, 80-year-old Leonard Cohen has a new CD out now, but back when he visited with Bob in 2006, they discussed Cohen’s book of poetry called Book of Longing and a documentary entitled Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.  Cohen has been a monk, a songwriter and a poet.

 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014:  Bob talks with actor, writer and director Harry Shearer about his long career. Shearer provides the voices for around 20 characters on The Simpsons and he got his start in show business at age 7 on The Jack Benny Show.  Shearer’s film debut was at age 10 in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars and his radio career continues with Le Show – now available as a podcast. 

 

Thursday, October 9, 2014:  Today is the birthday of John Lennon and it’s also the birthday of his son, Sean Lennon.  In 2009, Bob talked with Sean Lennon about writing the moody, instrumental score for a low-budget vampire flick…about running his own record label out of his kitchen…and about going into the family business and following in the footsteps of his famous parents, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Sean Lennon continues to make new music with his girlfriend, model Charlotte Kemp Muhl with their band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

 

Friday, October 10, 2014:  Bob spends the hour with Bill Siemering, one of the founding fathers of public radio.  Siemering wrote NPR’s mission statement and launched the network’s first signature program All Things Considered.  Siemering is now the President of Developing Radio Partners, an organization dedicated to supporting independent radio stations in young, developing democracies around the world.

Friday
Oct032014

Bob Edwards Weekend Lineup (October 4-5, 2014)

BOB EDWARDS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS  October 4-5, 2014

 

HOUR 1:

Over the last few years, Nev Schulman has investigated dozens of online relationships to determine whether they’re based on fact or fiction. First it was his own doomed relationship for the 2010 documentary Catfish - then for the MTV series of the same name.  Now he shares his hard-won wisdom in a new book titled In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age.


Bob talks to author and journalist Joshua Wolf Shenk about his latest book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs.Shenk writes about creative couples such as songwriters Lennon and McCartney, scientists Marie and Pierre Curie, Apple founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and cartoonists Matt Stone and Trey Parker.

 

HOUR 2:

Best-selling author, naturalist, and poet Diane Ackerman explores the consequences of human domination in our natural world in her new bookThe Human Age: The World Shaped by Us

 

Jackson Browne has been called a “thinking man’s rock star.”  The confessional singer-songwriter is known for his introspective and poetic lyrics but is also the creative force behind the Eagles’ first hit, Take It Easy.  Bonnie Raitt, The Byrds, Gregg Allman and many others have recorded songs by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.  Browne discusses his life and work, as well as the music from his brand new CD titledStanding in the Breach.

Wednesday
Sep242014

Paul Thorn - Too Blessed to be Stressed

by Chad Campbell, senior producer

It’s always a pleasure to have Paul Thorn on our program. The man just seems to emanate happiness and sunshne and rainbows - even at 6:37am which is when Paul and his songwriting partner and mentor Billy Maddox showed up a few Monday mornings ago. They had just played a concert that Sunday night at the Birchmere and after our interview would be on their way to Ohio to play another show that night. This is Thorn’s fourth appearance on our show since 2008 and whether this was your first taste or if you’re a long-time fan, I hope you enjoyed the interview. Thorn’s new CD is titled Too Blessed to be Stressed and it really is quite good - overflowing with feel-good numbers and rollicking singalongs - songs meant to lift your spirit. For more information about the cruise Paul discussed with Bob, click here. I went last year and had more fun than I could have imagined. Send us a Facebook message or an email to bob@siriusxm.com telling us why you love our show and why you deserve to go on a free, fun-filled music cruise in the middle of winter. The Norweigan Pearl leaves from Miami on Saturday January 10th, 2015 for a week with stops in Antigua and St. Croix. Paul Thorn will be on the boat.  So will many, many other musicians, inlcuding Delbert McClinton and Lyle Lovett.