Words – written and spoken

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Interviews – all kinds of them!

Here’s Sylvie being interviewed last week for a Canadian podcast. She talks about Leonard Cohen, writing books, and her life as a musician. http://www.travelsinmusic.com/leonard-cohen/

The BBC has just reposted “The Rock Chick”, the documentary it made on Sylvie while she was still working on her Leonard Cohen book and not long after she started playing ukulele!  http://ow.ly/ynB8302vJZR

And here she is interviewing heavy metal singer-guitarist Lita Ford about her new autobiography, on stage at the Chapel in San Francisco.

Finally, the latest interviews Sylvie has been writing for  MOJO are: a rare interview with Bob Dylan’s and Leonard Cohen’s legendary producer, Bob Johnston (issue #272) and an epic article and interview on another legend, Terry Reid (#273). She also did a very long, heart-to-heart interview with Lars Ulrich of Metallica, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

 

Deadlines

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Mojo blurb“Strange how something can feel depressing and uplifting both at the same time. That’s exactly  how it was when I was writing this eight-page piece on Lemmy of Motorhead in the new (March 2016) issue of MOJO. Losing Lemmy  at the end of last year was heart-breaking; I’d known him for decades – since our first interview in 1980 when Ace of  Spades came out – and over the years we became friends.  It was hard-going, poring through a stack of all our old interviews, like a box of old photographs in an empty room. One minute I’d be smiling at all the stories and the memories they brought back, and the next I’d be misting up, knowing we’d  never talk again.

“Then the deaths just kept on coming. Less than two weeks later  it was David Bowie – someone I first met in my teens and whose music was such a big part of my life that, so soon after Lemmy, I couldn’t bring myself to write about. A week after that it was  the Eagles’ Glenn Frey;  once again I was going through my filing cabinet to find our old interviews and write an obituary and tribute for MOJO. (It will be in the April issue).  Suddenly  the word ‘deadline’ had taken on a horrible new meaning. So I was very happy to go to Nashville last week to interview Graham Nash, who’s alive and well at age 74 and still making great music.

“Meanwhile, I’ve just posted one of my favourite interviews with Lemmy on the Interview page of this website. We did it ten years ago at his favourite hangout, the Rainbow Bar and Grill on Sunset Blvd. I think I’ll go pour myself a long, cold screwdriver  – Lemmy’s favourite drink’ – and raise a toast to absent friends. Take care of yourselves, everyone.”-Sylvie.

http://sylviesimmons.com/lemmy/