Drummer Corky Laing is best known for his work with the hard rock band Mountain. Born in Montreal, he began his career with the famous soul doo wop vocal group The Ink Spots, before joining the band Energy, produced by a young Felix Pappalardi. In 1969, he left Energy and joined Pappalardi and guitarist Leslie West in Mountain, (replacing N.D. Smart). Along with Cream and Blue Cheer, Mountain would become "one of the seminal power trios in modern heavy psychedelic rock music." (-AllMusic.com) The band broke up in 1972, but has reunited several times and is still active today. Corky Laing has recorded and performed with Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, The Allman Brothers and many more legendary rock artists. He has been credited as the drummer responsible for turning the cowbell into a rock n' roll staple.
In this conversation Corky talks about how being the youngest of five children led him to the drums, Keith Moon's influence, the road, drumming as a primal instinct, the importance of listening, and how drumming is "the most beautiful choreography you can do without standing up".
British film director Anthony Harvey began his career in the 1950s working as a film editor with Stanley Kubrick (Lolita, Dr. Strangelove), before going on to direct many feature films, including: The Lion in Winter starring (Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole), for which he received a Directors Guild of America Award and an Academy Award nomination; They Might Be Giants (with Joanne Woodward and George C. Scott), The Glass Menagerie (with Katherine Hepburn and Sam Waterston), The Abdication, The Disappearance of Aimee, Eagles Wing, Richard's Things, Grace Quigley and This Can't Be Love.
In this conversation, Anthony Harvey, now 83 years old, looks back on his career, recalling some of the most exhilarating moments of his life in film, and the friendships that came out of it. Tune in to hear what he learned from Stanley Kubrick, why Oscar night in 1969 was so hilarious, and how he went about directing Katherine Hepburn without getting smacked.
Dianne Reeves is a 4-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer, known for her improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings. She is the only singer to have won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance three consecutive times. Her most recent album Beautiful Life was released in February 2014. The album showcases Reeves’ sublime gifts by melding elements of R&B, Latin and pop within the framework of 21st Century jazz. “At its essence,” says Reeves, “Life is beautiful, and I wanted to celebrate that which is too often overlooked.”
In this 2012 conversation, Dianne talks about her earliest influences, discovering her own style and what her mother taught her about living her best life.
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