"We're going to investigate every single one of these hypotheses, and we'll tell you what
"I’m very interested in how people adapt to extremes” - Oliver Sacks on July 28, 1996
“I don’t feel any compulsion just to stand under the spotlight night after night unless I
"If God didn‘t want me to sing it, he wouldn‘t have given me the talent to do it“ - Stevie
"If you want to preserve your power indefinitely, you have to get the consent of the rule.
Marlene Dietrich in 1969, as interviewed by Jay Kent Hackleman
"It’s okay being a woman now. I like it. Try it some time.” - Nora Ephron, 1975
“I‘m never going to become rich and famous” - Bob Dylan in 1962.
"I don‘t think that there‘s a girl around that would fit in with what we do."
Rod Serling interviewed in 1963.
“I’m a cookie-decorating mom. I don’t bake them. I decorate them.“
"Sometimes when it all comes together ... you become the film you’re making."
Carl Sagan on October 4, 1985, as told to Studs Terkel.
"The key was somehow to know what was important and what was not important."
Buckminster Fuller in 1965, as told to Studs Terkel
Dame Stephanie Shirley in 2010 from an oral history at the British Library.
"When I was about 10, 11 I fell in love with Tarzan." - Jane Goodall, 2002
"Everything in my mind works like a search engine set for the image function."
“Any man who really has faith in himself will be dubbed arrogant by his fellows”
Sally Ride in 1983 as interviewed by Gloria Steinem.
"There was a price to be paid for being interested in fiction.” - Garrison Keillor, 1994
"I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life." - Nina Simone
"Nothing means anything" - Kurt Vonnegut on November 8, 1970
"I‘m just an obnoxious guy who can make it appear charming." - Bill Murray
"I'm sorry, I‘m a coward. I didn’t want to die." - Patty Hearst in 1982
"I don’t know what the ‘big time’ is" - Tom Waits in 1988
“I keep my mouth shut now. I’ve turned into a professional coward.”- Hunter S. Thompson
Dustin Hoffman in 1971, as interviewed by Milton Hoffman.
Roger Ebert in 1990, as interviewed by Lawrence Grobel.
i'll just say it simple as possible: it's just godly." - Michael Jackson
Meryl Streep in 2008, as interviewed by Christine Spines.
"I was not the son he wanted to have." - Tim Gunn
"In my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn't like me. It's silly." - Janis Joplin
"If this Revolution falls, what we will have here in Cuba is a hell." - Fidel Castro
"I've got on these stiletto heels aimed for his face." - Farrah Fawcett
"What's wrong with being fat? That's what I want to know." - Jim Morrison
Dave Brubeck in 2008, interviewed by John Dankosky.
Liberace in 1968 as told to Jay Kent Hackleman
Jimi Hendrix in his final interview
"I think men have got to change an awful lot. They still prefer the little woman."
Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips in 2002
Joni Mitchell in 1986, as told to Joe Smith.
Ayn Rand on February 25, 1959, as told to Mike Wallace.
John Coltrane in 1966, as told Frank Kofsky.
Elliott Smith in 1998, as told to Barney Hoskyns
A lost 1972 interview with Ray Bradbury.
Dolly Parton, as recorded in a 1978 interview for Playboy.
Lou Reed in an unheard outtake from a 1987 interview.
B.B. King in an unheard interview from 1986.
"If I knew how it was going to end, I probably wouldn't write it." - Tom Robbins in 1994
Re-animated excerpts from an unheard 1991 interview with Robin Williams.
"The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing." - Maya Angelou
Conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Simon Critchley on Dec 22, 2012.
David Bowie as interviewed by Joe Smith in 1988.
"On stage or in the movies I could do whatever I wanted to. I was free."
"It's all true, folks: all you need is love." - John Lennon, 1969
"I just hope and pray I can die with my boots on." - Johnny Cash, 1996
"My nervous energy is usually the easiest form of energy to tap into." - Heath Ledger
Stan Getz as interviewed by Joe Smith on August 7, 1987.
Grace Kelly on June 19, 1965 as interviewed by Paul Gallico.
"When I looked in his eyes, he was there. He was home... I had a dad." - Carol Burnett
Barry White as interviewed by Joe Smith on April 3, 1987.
Interview with John Updike by John Freeman, Spring 2002.
Tupac Shakur in March, 1994 as interviewed by Benjamin Svetkey.
Jerry Garcia as interviewed by Joe Smith on May 23, 1988.
Kurt Cobain as interviewed by Jon Savage on July 22, 1993.
Interview with Ray Charles by Joe Smith, June 3, 1987.
Louis Armstrong as interviewed in 1964 by Michael Aisner and James R. Stein.
A lost 2009 interview with Maurice Sendak on childhood.
A classic lost interview with the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown.
Interview by Rocci Fisch for ABC News Radio, 1985, Washington, D.C.
Interview by Leonard Lopate, WNYC, March 4, 1996
Wilt Chamberlain in 1992 as interviewed by Ann Liguori.
Larry King recalls a moment of "radio interruptus". From a lost 2001 Esquire interview.
About Blank on Blank
Vintage interview tapes. New animations. Our mission is simple: curate and transform journalists' unheard interviews with American icons. The future of journalism is remixing the past. Executive Producer: David Gerlach.
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