The Archive from Paste Magazine is hosted by Paste editor-in-chief Josh Jackson, who digs through the Paste Cloud archives to unearth interviews and performances from musical legends like John Lennon, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones.
R.E.M. (1984, 2011)
R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe is this week's subject with interviews from 1984 at the beginning of the band's career and 2011, just days after the end.
Subscribe to The Archive at iTunes and listen to a 1983 R.E.M. concert in full below:
Tina Turner (1984)
When Tina Turner left Ike and went solo, it wasn't an easy road. This week's 1984 interview on The Archive podcast catches the singer in a celebratory mood, the day after her very first #1 hit.
Listen to The Archive above, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes , and listen to a full concert from Ike & Tina Turner at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1970 below.
Elton John (1976, 1982)
We have two Elton John interviews in this week's episode of The Archive podcast from Paste Magazine. The first is from 1976, when he was the biggest name in music. The second is from 1982 when he looks back at his crazy rise to fame.
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And listen to two exclusive concerts from Elton John below, from 1970 and 1984:
In 1987, U2 had just become the biggest band in the world. This week's episode features a long interview with frontman Bono during The Joshua Tree tour.
Subscribe to the Archive on iTunes and listen to the full 1987 concert from Foxboro, Mass., below.
David Bowie (1978, 1983)
In the second episode of The Archive, host Josh Jackson digs up two David Bowie interviews from 1978 and 1983, as well as live performances from both eras.
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John Lennon (1969, 1980)
In the premiere episode of The Archive from Paste Magazine, host Josh Jackson unearths two intimate interviews with John Lennon at two very different and very key moments in his life—just before leaving the Beatles in 1969 and just before his death in 1980. The podcast also includes music from his 1972 performance at Madison Square Garden with guests Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack, which you can hear in its entirety below.
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Getting Below the Surface of Music Greats
The names John Lennon, David Bowie and Bono immediately conjure up iconic images of media-ready album art or glossy choreographed concert scenes. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that these individuals were (or are) not only thoughtful artists but real human beings. So it is delightful to have access to long form interview excerpts that delve beneath the glossy surface and into the minds and even hearts of these music greats. Hearing John Lennon describe intimate moments at home with his baby son, including his pride of baking a loaf of bread (even taking a "Polaroid" of it - a sure harbinger of Instagram foodie shots still decades away) and his subsequent disillusionment when the bread was devoured by his family with insufficient appreciation and artistic permanence (he recognized himself as having archetypical "housewife's" woe) -- such tales strip the myth down to the man. Very few interviewers today can achieve this (although Charlie Rose and Terri Gross come close on a regular basis). Paste has an incredible treasure trove to have access to this footage, and we all reap the benefit of them sharing it with us.
I would love to get more contextual facts and background before and after the interview clips -- perhaps annotations could be given for some of the bits and pieces that we hear in the the interview clips. But what's here is exciting and informative -- a podcast that should be essential listening for any lover of music and culture. I highly recommend.
Great idea, excellent execution
I love the concept. The first episode with John Lennon is fascinating and really well done. I'm excited for future episodes.
Informative and interesting
Out of the gates with archived interviews with John Lennon - I can only imagine what is coming up. The interview footage was fascinating and really showed a different side of the artist than I had seen before. I hope and imagine that the paste team will keep this up in the future.