The Tapes Archive

The Tapes Archive presents never before heard conversations with world-class musicians and comedians. The podcast is a collaboration between journalist Marc Allan, who conducted and recorded the interviews throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and his friend, documentary filmmaker Alan Berry. Each interview provides a unique, intimate look into music, culture and these artists’ careers at specific moments in time.

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  • #012 Frank Zappa 1991

    When I asked Frank Zappa if he had any regrets about the first 25 years of his career, he was blunt, as he always was. “There are certain things I might have said in a different way,” he said. “But basically, there it is.”And that’s why Frank Zappa was and is still revered by his fans—because…

  • #011 Dweezil Zappa 1994

    In the story I wrote in 1994 based on this interview with Dweezil Zappa, the lead paragraph summed up the conversation pretty well: “His father treated life as if it were a wave of stupidity he could somehow contain. Dweezil Zappa prefers to smirk and ride the tide.””There’s not much use in being negative 24 hours…

  • #010 Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon 1995

    When I spoke to Shannon Hoon in September 1995, he and his band, Blind Melon, were on the verge of stardom. Their first album yielded the massive hit single “No Rain,” they had played Woodstock ’94, and they were excited about their new album, “Soup.”We talked about the new album and how different it was…

  • #009 Bill Maher 1994

    Bill Maher is a huge part of the comedy and talk-show landscape, thanks to his HBO show Real Time, which is now in its 17th season.But in 1994, when this interview was recorded, Maher, then 38, really was just taking off. His Comedy Central show “Politically Incorrect” was about to start its third season, he…

  • #008 Jeff Tweedy of Wilco 1997

    Jeff Tweedy is often described as a reticent interview subject, but I found him to be relaxed and easygoing when we spoke in 1997.At the time, Tweedy and his band Wilco were touring behind their second record, “Being There,” and he was learning to balance the responsibilities of career and fatherhood. Our talk is largely about…

  • #007 Neil Peart of Rush 1990

    I interviewed Neil Peart several times over the years and thoroughly enjoyed every conversation. In addition to being a great drummer, he’s a smart, thoughtful, articulate gentleman whose worldview extends well beyond rock ‘n’ roll.This interview, recorded in 1990, was the first of our talks. Nearly 30 years later, I’m still amazed by his interest…

  • #006 Rick James 1997

    When I spoke to Rick James in 1997, he had already been a megastar, a prisoner, and a recipient of royalties for the use of his “Super Freak” bassline in MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”At the time, he was about to start a tour to promote his first album in nine years, “Urban Rhapsody,”…

  • #005 Joan Rivers 1990

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  • #004 Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull 1993

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  • #003 – Trey Anastasio 1993

    Trey’s response to Marc Allan’s review For more info please visit our website. The Tapes Archive is part of the Osiris network. For more podcasts and experiences, please visit Osiris. Intro music by the Budos Band

  • #002 — Billy Joel 1994

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  • Episode 002 — Billy Joel

    An interview with Billy Joel from 1994. The Tapes Archive is part of the Osiris network. For more podcasts and experiences, please visit Osiris.

  • #001 — George Carlin 1989

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  • Episode 001 — George Carlin

    An interview with George Carlin from 1989. The Tapes Archive is part of the Osiris network. For more podcasts and experiences, please visit Osiris.

  • #000 — Introduction to The Tapes Archive 2019

    An introduction to the podcast, and a little bit of background on how and why this podcast was created. The podcast is a collaboration between documentary filmmaker Alan Berry (“Dead Man’s Line”) and his longtime friend, journalist Marc Allan, who conducted and recorded the interviews decades ago. Allan recorded these interviews via phone, and the…

  • Episode 000 — Introduction to The Tapes Archive

    An introduction to the podcast, and a little bit of background on how and why this podcast was created. The podcast is a collaboration between documentary filmmaker Alan Berry (“Dead Man’s Line”) and his longtime friend, journalist Marc Allan, who conducted and recorded the interviews decades ago. Allan recorded these interviews via phone, and the…