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Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music PodcastOne

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    • 4.2 • 79 Ratings

Join record producer / manager / legendary guitarist & founding member of Twisted Sister JAY JAY FRENCH as he shares stories from five decades in the industry and takes you on a rock star tour through the music business and beyond!

    Edwin Oswald on Ronald Reagan

    Edwin Oswald on Ronald Reagan

    This week, Jay Jay has a timely guest on the podcast ahead of the upcoming election, Edwin G. Oswald. Tune in to hear Edwin & Jay Jay discuss Ronald Reagan's life trajectory into the US presidency, the paradox of Reagan, & how people view him. Edwin recently wrote & published the book 'From Ronald to Donald: How the Myth of Reagan Became the Cult of Trump.' His book lays out a compelling argument that Reagan's presidency, & the mythology surrounding, laid the foundation for Trump's presidency. Reagan's myth persists, and by understanding his time in office in the context of American history and of the American presidency, we can understand how a transformative president created more than policy by also shaping culture with the instrumental force of mythology. His book attempts to neither praise nor bury Reagan but to explain him in non-partisan terms of contemporary popular mythology.

    Don't miss this conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    • 55 min
    Joe Satriani & Steve Vai

    Joe Satriani & Steve Vai

    This week's guests are guitar heavyweights Joe Satriani & Steve Vai! Tune into this special 2-in-1 episode - Joe & Steve find time during their ongoing tour to connect with Jay Jay on the podcast. They discuss their new work & share stories of their dense musical backgrounds, all the way back to day 1 getting their first guitars as kids. In addition to their tour, Steve & Joe just released their first collaborative single The Sea of Emotion, which is available to stream now!

    Jay Jay, Steve & Joe have very interesting intertwining histories as they all grew up on Long Island. Steve Vai talks about going out to see Jay Jay perform during Twisted's early club days, & Joe talks about giving guitar lessons to Steve when he was 17, & Steve was 12. This episode is a must listen for all guitar players - don't miss this insightful conversation between 3 guitar legends - only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music!

    Edited & Produced by Matthew Mallinger

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Wayne Bjerke

    Wayne Bjerke

    This week's guest on The Jay Jay French Connection, is Wayne Bjerke, joined by Twisted's social media manager, Tor Caracappa! Wayne has been a true old school TS fan all the way back to their club days. He is currently a graphic artist & tattoo artist, who has been friends with Tor for 20+ years.

    Learn why Jay Jay believes that bands are only as good as their fanbase, & hear Jay Jay & Wayne discuss the power & impact that Twisted had in their early club days. Wayne asks questions he’s always had about the band, and shares what the experience was like to watch and be a part of the incredible arch of Twisted’s career.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Paul Williams

    Paul Williams

    Legendary Hollywood writer, producer & director, Paul Williams, is this week's guest on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music! You won't want to miss Paul's stories from his remarkable journey into filmmaking, & talk about his recently published book titled 'Harvard, Hitmen and Holy Men. The book gets into how he is a real-life Forrest Gump - & how his experiences form a unique and often wild constellation of encounters with star power, political power, and spiritual power―a life cycle that led to fame and fortune and to integrity and anonymity. Paul shares stories of his intersecting careers with peers & friends in film, from Francis Ford Coppola to Terry Malick & Martin Scorsese. Hear stories from how Jay Jay came on the set to give Paul advice on portraying the culture surrounding drug dealing when he was working on the film 'Dealing' in the 70s, to Paul playing a pick up basketball game with Fidel Castro. Jay Jay & Paul bond over their overlapping in New York during their upbringings and the beginnings of their careers in film and music. Be sure to check out Paul's book, & don't miss this conversation - only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music! 
    Produced & Edited by Matthew Mallinger 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Raized Wrong

    Raized Wrong

    This week's guest is 3-in-1 - Guitarist and producer Donny Goldberg, & his 2 sons, join Jay Jay in conversation! Together the 3 of them make up the instagram sensation Raized Wrong. Landon is 13 & his brother Lyric is 12 - together with their father they create online covers of hits from the 80's 90's & more. 
    Hear the story about how Jay Jay found their music online, & why he immediately fell in love with what they were doing. The family discusses their creative process, generational influences, & what it's like playing and recording together as a family. Donny discusses why he finds it so important to encourage kids to get into art & music at a young age, & how he has encouraged both of his kids to do so since day one. 
    Be sure to check out Raized Wrong's project online, & don't miss this conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music! 
    Edited & Produced by Matthew Mallinger  

    • 39 min
    Tommy Emmanuel

    Tommy Emmanuel

    This week's special guest is true guitar virtuoso & grammy award winner, Tommy Emmanuel! The real-time exuberance Tommy Emmanuel brings to every note of every song he plays is palpable and infectious. His fans are in love with his unbound talent as a guitarist of multitudes, his ability to play three parts at once, always with pure heart and real soul.  
    This conversation is not to miss for guitarists, musicians & music fans alike - as Jay Jay & Tommy get into everything from their roots, developing your own style, navigating the music business, favorite career experiences & the importance of pure live performance. 
    Don't miss this insightful conversation, only on The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music! 
    Edited & Produced by Matthew Mallinger 

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Toddzilla1225 ,

Keep up with Pat Boone, Jay Jay!

Excellent show, Jay Jay. I love so many episodes. The one with Pat Boone is a hoot. Sharp as a tack and raring to go! Keep it up, man. Great stuff.

Andylicious57 ,

Great Listen!!

I thought this would be a fix for the guitar nerd in me. Imagine my surprise to find out how well read & knowledgeable JJ is! Love his interviews & stories. I’m locked in & thanks for this JJ!!

vcvvvvvvvvvvb ,

Pretty good

JJ’s a great host.
Love the fact that he mixes music, business, family and politics and speaks honestly about each. That takes courage. Would love to see him interview some of the people who were on Tipper Gore’s Censorship Committee.

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