Joe Jackson, June 18th 2012,that pic of me is memory of a wonderful moment last Saturday, Bloomsday. Along with 110 other Irish writers I took part in a 28 hour reading session at the Irish Writer's Centre where we all attempted to break the Guinness Book of Records world record for public reading and did! I was thrilled.
I'm probably best known as an interviewer who has published five books and had my articles included in newspapers and magazines all over the world, from The Irish Times - I was their music interviewer for a decade - to Playboy and Rolling Stone. But I'm a writer! I decided at nine years old to become a journalist, when I saw a movie called Deadline Midnight, starring Jack Webb, that made journalism seem like a knightly quest. But when I was 20 my dad told me one night that he was abandoning his secret dream of "becoming a literary creator"and, in a knightly fashion, I picked up the gauntlet and decided to become both a journalist and literary creator. What a stupid thing to do, right?
But I can be stupid in ways,and after years of working on plays, poetry, memoir, and even giving readings of my own poetry, I moved into music journalism in 1985, with an Irish magazine that sadly now I'd rather not name. By 1988 The Irish Times was saying that magazine was "noted for its probing interviews conducted by" little old me. I loved interviewing right away, it helped me bring together my passion for literature, psychology, and even poetry, in ways. Then I did a degree in Popular Culture and started to apply also a socio-political microscope to people I interviewed and it all became even more fun.
I mean that seriously, folks. At the time, during the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, I was interviewing, or rather "grilling" terrorists, politicians, even a Taoiseach and two future presidents of Ireland.
So, now, I've drawn back from interviewing and with my new series of self-published book, The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus, I am making available the original, unexpurgated typescripts, plus the Back Story of my experience with each interviewee, and drawing heavily on diaries I kept at the time. I'm also exploring the option of making my more than 1,000 interviews available as MP3's and/or CD's.
Upcoming subjects for The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus series include, Bono, Tori Amos, Gerry Adams, Richard Harris, Elvis, Sam Phillips, Johnny Cash, The Chieftains, Bob Geldof, The Corrs and themed books such as 'Sex', 'Drugs' and, you guessed it 'Rock 'n' Roll'!
I do hope I sell a few copies and can continue creating what will be my real legacy, as opposed to the versions of my work that are sold without my permission elsewhere and too often bastardised version of my writings, sadly!
If you read this far, I thank you for that! You must be a sucker for punishment!
Where to find Joe Jackson online
Elvis: Soul Saver and Spirit Guide
Irish Author, broadcaster, and journalist, Joe Jackson, was only nine years old when he first read about Sun Records. He decided one day he would go to Memphis to thanks its owner Sam Phillips, "for discovering Elvis." It took him 29 years to make that dream come true. This book tells that story and includes in-deth interviews with Sam Phillips, Jack Clement and Bono
Glory Days With Elvis
Joe Jackson is a freelance Arts correspondent with The Irish Times. He also is an author and broadcaster whose radio shows include ten one-hour specials titled 'The Essential Elvis.' He also happens to be a life-long Elvis fan and this book contains a fragment of memoir and his major in-depth 1989 and 1990 interviews with Elvis' original drummer DJ Fontana and with backing vocalist Gordon Stoker
Bono: Soul Searching and Uncensored
Bono told Joe Jackson, in response to a critical profile Jackson wrote "Yours is a critical voice and, please, stick the boot in, [or] praise. We have that kind of relationship. It is one of respect." Now Jackson applies that approach to this book! But it is mostly a book about Bono, soul searching as never before including a 7,000 Q & A about Elvis. Plase note it is an antholgy not a biography
Tori Amos: Soul Searching And Uncensored
Tori Amos: Soul Searching and Uncensored contains an new Back Story, also My Spirit Walk With Tori Amos, a 3,5000 word fragment of memoir about how meeting Tori Amos changed the author's life and it includes the complete unexpurgated, sometimes to to 8,000 word texts of four of the most in-depth and provocative and personal interviews ever given by Tori Amos.
Bob Geldof: The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus
Live Aid mastermind Bob Geldof once told his fellow Irishman and journalist Joe Jackson he would never update his 1986 autobiography 'Is That It.' Joe Jackson now suggests that "in ways the two interviews, each roughly 10,000 words long, and two thirds of which has never been previously published, from 1989 and 2001, that make up my book about Bob are, in ways an update of his autobiography.
David Norris: Trial By Media
During the lead up to the 2011 Irish presidential election Joe Jackson published David Norris: Trial By Media, which tells the story of, arguably, Ireland's most controversial presidential candidate that year, Senator David Norris. The Senator has since written his autobiography, which, sadly gives only one chapter to the 2011 Irish Presidential election and omits 99% of this material.
The Chieftains: The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus
'Joe Jackson on: The Chieftains: The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus.
"On November 22nd 1991, while working as an interviewer for The Irish Times and an Irish rock magazine, I decided to go to war for the Chieftains because, like its leader Paddy Moloney, I thought his group was needlessly knocked into the media shadows in Ireland by the market dominance of U2."
Gabriel Byrne: The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus
In 1988 The Irish Times claimed that an Irish rock magazine was "noted for its probing interviews conducted by" author, journalist and broadcaster, Joe Jackson. That same year, Jackson interviewed Gabriel Byrne for the first time. After reading that interview Byrne said "that is the first totally honest, soul-searching interview I have done."This is the back story of that, and a 1992, interviews.
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