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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  • #033 David Crosby interview from 1998

    A never before published interview with David Crosby from 1998In the interview, Crosby talks about:- Meeting his son after 30 years- Writing and playing music with his newly found son- How he is the happiest “walrus” you’d meet- Why his son is a better musician than he is- His feelings toward The Doors’ Jim Morrison-…

  • #032 Ringo Starr (The Beatles) interview from 1992

    A never before published interview with Ringo Starr (The Beatles) from 1992In this episode, we’re celebrating the 80th birthday of Ringo Starr by playing Marc’s interview with the Beatles’ drummer from 1992. At the time of this interview, Ringo was 52 and was on tour with his All-Starr Band. Back in those days, Ringo would…

  • #031 Robby Krieger (The Doors) interview from 1991.

    A never before published interview with Robby Krieger (The Doors) from 1991.In the interview, Krieger talks about:- Going all-instrumental without Jim Morrison-What he thought about Oliver Stone’s movie “The Doors”- Why keyboardist Ray Manzarek wanted nothing to do with the film- The truth about The Doors- What it was like making records after Morrison died-…

  • #030 Ray Manzarek (The Doors) interview from 1998

    A never before published interview with Ray Manzarek from 1998.In the interview, Manzarek talks about:The death of Jim MorrisonWhether he feels that he lives in Morrison’s shadowWhether Morrison is in heaven or hellWhether Iggy Pop was considered to replace MorrisonThe early days of touring with the DoorsHow he wants to inform the youth about the…

  • #031 Ray Manzarek (The Doors) interview from 1998

    A never before published interview with Ray Manzarek from 1998.In the interview, Manzarek talks about:The death of Jim MorrisonWhether he feels that he lives in Morrison’s shadowWhether Morrison is in heaven or hellWhether Iggy Pop was considered to replace MorrisonThe early days of touring with the DoorsHow he wants to inform the youth about the…

  • #029 Tracy Morgan Interview from 2007

    A never before published interview with Tracy Morgan from 2007.In the interview, Morgan talks about:His new movie with Ice CubeIf Tracy Jordan and Tracy Morgan are the same personThe dynamics of 30 RockWhether he was happy with the 30 Rock episode where Jordan was shown to be illiterateHis famous family membersWorking with white writersIf he…

  • #29 Tracy Morgan Interview from 2007

    A never before published interview with Tracy Morgan from 2007.In the interview, Morgan talks about:His new movie with Ice CubeIf Tracy Jordan and Tracy Morgan are the same personThe dynamics of 30 RockWhether he was happy with the 30 Rock episode where Jordan was shown to be illiterateHis famous family membersWorking with white writersIf he…

  • #028 Peter Buck (R.E.M.)

    A never before published interview with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) 1989In the interview, Buck talks about:Is R.E.M. commercial or inaccessibleIf the album Green is supposed to be upliftingWhy he is angrier than everHis love for Lou ReedThe misunderstanding of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”The trappings of successThe early days in R.E.M.State of radio at the…

  • #028 Peter Buck (R.E.M.) 1989

    A never before published interview with Peter Buck (R.E.M.) 1989In the interview, Buck talks about:Is R.E.M. commercial or inaccessibleIf the album Green is supposed to be upliftingWhy he is angrier than everHis love for Lou ReedThe misunderstanding of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”The trappings of successThe early days in R.E.M.State of radio at the…

  • #027 Keith Emerson (Emerson/Lake/Palmer) 1992

    A never before published interview with Keith Emerson from 1992- In the interview Emerson talks about:- How technology has changed the way he plays- If it felt right getting back together with ELP- How the reunion came to be- Why he thinks he was overlooked as a solo artist- The stigma attached to keyboardist- How…

  • #027 Keith Emerson (Emerson/Lake/Palmer)

    A never before published interview with Keith Emerson from 1992- In the interview Emerson talks about:- How technology has changed the way he plays- If it felt right getting back together with ELP- How the reunion came to be- Why he thinks he was overlooked as a solo artist- The stigma attached to keyboardist- How…

  • #026 Little Richard 2000

    A never before published interview with Little Richard from the year 2000In the interview Little Richard talks about:- Who he really wanted to play him in the movie- His desire that you understanding him- Why he wore make-up- If he considers himself gay- Whether he ever wore a bra- How he was the first African…

  • #025 Ozzy Osbourne 1997

    A never before published interview with Ozzy Osbourne 1997.In the interview Ozzy talks about:His love for his fansThe legacy of OzzfestHow the Sabbath reunion came to passWhy Bill Ward was not included on the tourHis thoughts on Marilyn MansonHis record label Ozz RecordsBest Buy and censorshipBeing in Howard Stern’s movieIn this episode, we have The…

  • #024 Ley Claypool (Primus) 1994

    A never before published interview with Primus’ Les Claypool 1994.In the interview Claypool talks about:Why Rush and Primus makes for a good concertThe hardest bass line for him when he first startedWhat made him wanna play bassHis bass technique Headlining Lollapalooza Pork SodaBest Buy and PrimusHis record label Prawn Song RecordsIn this episode, we have Primus’s frontman…

  • #024 Les Claypool (Primus) 1994

    A never before published interview with Primus’ Les Claypool 1994.In the interview Claypool talks about:Why Rush and Primus makes for a good concertThe hardest bass line for him when he first startedWhat made him wanna play bassHis bass technique Headlining Lollapalooza Pork SodaBest Buy and PrimusHis record label Prawn Song RecordsIn this episode, we have Primus’s frontman…

  • #023 Kurt Vonnegut 2000

    A never before published interview with America author Kurt Vonnegut from 2000.In the interview Vonnegut talks about:- If technological progress has been good.- His love for the ACLU.- Posting the ten commandments in schools.- If he believes in God.- His affection for Indianapolis.- Being captured by the Germans in WWII.In this episode, we have American…

  • #022 John Prine 1997

    A never before published interview with John Prine from 1997.In the interview Prine talks about:His record label, “Oh Boy”Why his songs have “simple messages”How at the time of the interview he was in such a good place that he’ll “probably be writing all zippity-doo-da songs”John Mellencamp and other Indiana connectionsHis yet-to-be-made duet albumTouring smaller venuesAnd…

  • #22 John Prine 1997

    A never before published interview with John Prine from 1997.In the interview Prine talks about:His record label, “Oh Boy”Why his songs have “simple messages”How at the time of the interview he was in such a good place that he’ll “probably be writing all zippity-doo-da songs”John Mellencamp and other Indiana connectionsHis yet-to-be-made duet albumTouring smaller venuesAnd…

  • #021 John Entwistle (The Who) 1996

    A never before published interview with John Entwistle, bassist for The Who, from 1996.In this episode, we have the great singer-songwriter, John Prine. At the time of this interview in 1997, Prine was 50 years old and was out on tour with Los Lobos. In the interview, Prine talks about his record label, Oh Boy,…

  • #21 John Entwistle (The Who) 1996

    A never before published interview with John Entwistle, bassist for The Who, from 1996.In this episode, we have Thunderfingers himself, John Entwistle. At the time of this interview in 1996, Entwistle was 51 years old and was out on his fourth solo tour. In the interview, Entwistle talks about why he picked up the bass,…

  • #020 Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi 1978

    In this episode, we have an interview you might have heard before but probably not. In the crate of Marc’s tapes are some unmarked interviews that Marc did not do. One of those tapes has an interview with Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi from 1978. I couldn’t find the interview anywhere online, so I thought…

  • #019 Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) 1993

    In this episode, we have the first of two interviews with Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. At the time of this interview in 1993, Morello was 29 years old and was out on tour supporting his band’s self-titled first record. In the interview, Tom talks about the pushing of an anti-censorship agenda, the Lollapalooza t-shirt…

  • #018 John Mellencamp 1991

    A never before published interview with John Mellencamp from 1991.In the interview Mellencamp talks about:- Hows he’s given up on trying to save the world- How big corporations don’t give a shit about your town- In-depth with his album “Whenever We wanted”- Turning 40 – How the world is run by men we never hear of-…

  • #017 Alex Van Halen 1981

    A never before heard interview with Alex Van Halen from 1981.In the interview Van Halen talks about:• Van Halen days before being signed• Working with Ted Templeton.• The best heavy metal band he ever saw play live• The future of Van Halen• And more…Show Note: In the interview, Marc asks if it’s true that Van…

  • #017 Alex Van Halen 1980

    A never before published interview with Alex Van Halen from 1980.In the interview Van Halen talks about:• Van Halen days before being signed• Working with Ted Templeman.• The best heavy metal band he ever saw play live• The future of Van Halen• And more…Show Note: In the interview, Marc asks if it’s true that Van…

  • #016 Izzy Stradlin 1993 (Formerly w/Gun N’ Roses)

    A never before heard interview with Izzy Stradlin from 1993. (Formerly w/Gun N’ Roses)In the interview Izzy talks about:• Growing up in Indiana.• If he’s still friends with his ex-bandmates.• How he loves the drums.• Recording with the JuJu Hounds• And more…For transcripts to this episode https://www.thetapesarchive.com/izzy-stradlinThis episode is brought to you by the award-winning…

  • #016 Izzy Stradlin 1993 (Formerly w/Guns N’ Roses)

    A never before heard interview with Izzy Stradlin from 1993. (Formerly w/Guns N’ Roses)In the interview Izzy talks about:• Growing up in Indiana.• If he’s still friends with his ex-bandmates.• How he loves the drums.• Recording with the JuJu Hounds• And more…For transcripts to this episode https://www.thetapesarchive.com/izzy-stradlinThis episode is brought to you by the award-winning…

  • #015 Ace Frehley 1994

    A never before heard interview with Ace Frehley from 1994.In the interview Frehley talks about:• What “sucks” about rock’n’roll.• His side gig in computer graphics.• The possibility of a KISS reunion.• Playing while sober.• His influence on other guitars players.• And more… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

  • #014 Dave Matthews 1996

    A never before heard interview with Dave Matthews from 1996In the interview Matthews talks about:• His fancy footwork• His band’s first live performance.• Why we should teach children varied philosophies.• The making of his album “Crash”.• Why we want freedom.• Whether he cares or not if he makes it into the Rock and Roll Hall…

  • #013 Neil Peart of Rush second interview 1991

    A never before heard interview with Neal Peart from the band Rush in 1991.In this episode, we have our second of three interviews with drummer Neal “The Professor” Peart of the band Rush. At the time of this interview in 1991, he was 39 years old and was out on tour with Geddy and Alex…

  • #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(Phish) 1993

    A never before heard interview with Trey Anastasio from 1993.Trey Anastasio transcript can be found here.I have a long, strange history with Phish. I’m an admirer—nobody dares do what Phish does routinely, which is to play a completely different show and challenge its audience—and a skeptic, because sometimes, they step on their dicks.In 1997, after…

  • #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…