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Starting with Leonard Cohen in 1985, I became an interviewer to meet my heroes. I loved this quote by Albert Camus: 'A man's life is nothing but a slow trek to rediscover through the detours of art those one or two great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened.' I have since interviewed roughly 1,400 celebrities. Not all were my heroes. Many turned out to be jerks. This website is the only place you can read my original typescripts and hear the original, uncensored, tapes, digitally remastered. Some of these recordings form the basis of my current RTE Radio 1 series, The Joe Jackson Tapes Revisited.  My hope is that you longed to meet your heroes, never did but now can, by proxy, thanks to these typescripts and tapes. If, as an interviewer, I am not also an facilitator, I shouldn't call myself an interviewer at all. Incidentally, these tapes are available to license for documentaries, as is the case with the movie-in-the-making, The Spirit of Richard Harris. Thanks for visiting my website.

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Jackson is a tenacious interviewer. Just as his subjects start to relax, he throws them that question from hell you wouldn’t have the nerve to ask, “Tell us abut the wife-beating, Richard” - this, more or less to Richard Harris whose self-deprecating halo was starting to glint.Match him against someone he believes is a hypocrite and he enters the fray like a latter-day Danton. Ben Briscoe storms off in a huff when Jackson queries his remarks on homosexuality and Charles Haughey. But Christy Moore, writers Tom Murphy and Paul Durcan, open their hearts because they sense they can trust him. Jackson’s research is impeccable, his commitment is everywhere..

 

Medb Ruane,
The Irish Times, reviewing Joe Jackson's book, Troubadours and Troublemakers

Every celebrity in the world should be interviewed by you, because you ask questions that make the interviewee ask profound questions of themselves.

 

Gabriel Byrne

I will tell this story once and only once and only to you, because I trust you. I feel that you are a medium and that I can tell my story to, and through you, and that neither it, nor I, will be violated.

 

 Tori Amos