Hi, my ‘official’ welcomes are elsewhere on this still-under-construction website here I shall sent a big shout out and thanks to Dublin Web Design impresario Robert Norton – but let me also say hello to anyone who is checking out this scaled down version of www.joejacksoninterviewer.com. I’m launching this website tomorrow to coincide with the launch of the latest series of my RTE Radio 1 ‘Specials,’ called The Joe Jackson Tapes Revisited. The series started with a prototype programme called Richard Harris Revisited, in 2015, and the interviewees I have revisited include my first interviewee in 1985, Leonard Cohen, plus President Michael D Higgins, Eartha Kitt, Glen Campbell, Father Brian D’Arcy, Charlie McCreevy, Joe Dolan, and in this series, Dolores O’ Riordan, Tom Murphy and Joan Rivers. My intention is to make all these one-hour programmes, as well as the original master tapes, which are often up to two hours long, available as CDs and/or downloads, digitally re-mastered, in high resolution, or as MP3 files. That page, however, is not yet ready but will be, within a week of the launch of this website.
As I suggested in one of those ‘official’ welcomes I now want to make my original tapes available globally not just for fans of people I interviewed, and for collectors, but also for film makers and documentary makers, who may be seeking what often turned out to be definitive interviews. The latter, is the case in relation to my thirty or so hours of taped interview with actor Richard Harris, some of which I recorded with Richard in my role as his official biographer. Sadly we never did the book, but they tapes may form an integral part of a major, upcoming movie documentary about the man’s life and art. I currently am in negotiations to become the ‘Associate Producer’ of that project. These certainly are exciting and groundbreaking times for me. Watch this space as they say and thanks again for checking out my new website.
Thanks also to Derek O’ Connor, in RTE, who gave my website a plug in the Culture section of my RTE website, alongside the article I wrote about Dolores O’ Riordan.